Before Donald Trump was president and was on his campaign trails, he talked about his plans and what he would do when he became president. Healthcare was something he wanted to fix. On March 7, Republicans introduced their bill to repeal Obamacare, that aims to maintain coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and allows children to stay on their parents’ healthcare plan until the age of twenty-six.
The plan would offer individuals refundable tax credits to purchase health insurance and states will receive a set of money from the federal government. Experts warned that this could result in millions losing access to insurance they received under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
House Speaker Paul Ryan said Obamacare is “rapidly collapsing” and it is “time to turn the page.”
Ryan also stated, “The American Health Care Act is a plan to drive down costs, encourage competition, and give every American access to quality, affordable health insurance. It protects young adults, patients with pre-existing conditions, and provides a stable transition so that no one has the rug pulled out from under them.”
A White House spokesman, Sean Spicer, praised the bill. He states, “Obamacare has proven to be a disaster with fewer options, inferior care, and skyrocketing costs that are crushing small business and families across America. Today marks an important step toward restoring health care choices and affordability back to the American people. President Trump looks forward to working with both Chambers of Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare.”
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson said that Americans that voted for Donald Trump would be the most affected, and Donald Trump nodded in agreement.
According to an analysis by Bloomberg, people in counties that voted for Trump would see $6.6 billion in annual tax cuts, while people living in counties that supported Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton would get a tax break of $21.9 billion. Based on an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the seven states in which Americans would see tax credits decline the most are Alaska, North Carolina, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Alabama, Nebraska, and Wyoming. Each of these states voted for Trump. This means that Trump supporters will get a annual reduction in $6.6 billion while those that supported Hillary Clinton would get a deduction of $21.9 billion.
Many Americans detest this new replacement bill. Recent polls show that an average of 30% Americans support the bill, while the other 47% that took the poll were against it. A Quinnipiac University poll reveals that 46 percent of voters say that they will not vote for their senator or congressman again if they voted for the bill. The poll also shows that 41% percent of Republican voters supported the bill while 24% oppose it. Half of all the voters of the Quinnipiac poll partially support the poll, but 20% fully support it while 27% disapprove of it.
Trump also gave a warning to any member of the GOP (Grand Old Party) that decide to vote against it. He said, “I honestly think many of you will lose your seats in 2018 if you don’t get this done,” Trump told the representatives, according to Politico’s John Bresnahan and CNN’s Phil Mattingly. However, more than 30 GOP House members have refused to back the proposal.
Furthermore, House Freedom Caucus, a congressional caucus consisting of conservative Republican members of the United States House of Representatives, have failed to strike a deal with Trump about the bill. House leaders canceled a night vote that was scheduled for Thursday, March 23.
For more information visit Kelsey Bisetti’s story, “Making Healthcare Great Again!”.