Why Trump’s Healthcare Plan is One of The Worst Things He’s Tried to Pull Off
Yeah, I know the headline for this article may seem like click-bait, but I promise you it’s not. His healthcare plan is so bad, he wasn’t even able to get full Republican support and had to aim for support from Democratic senators, which obviously didn’t happen. Most of us are aware that President Trump and his Republican supporters in the United States government have actively been trying to “repeal and replace” Obamacare–a program that currently insures around 11.5 million people (not including children)–and according to a Gallup poll, senior voters, and voters in rural areas–two categories of voters who desired Donald Trump as their president instead of Hillary Clinton– are reported to be the people and areas, most negatively impacted by the “repeal and replacement” of Obamacare. According to a data analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation, found that out of the 11.5 million people currently insured under Obamacare, 6.3 million of them, are Trump voters, and will all lose healthcare insurance if this bill is passed. The ten states most negatively impacted by Donald Trump’s healthcare plan, are states that voted for him as their president.
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President Trump’s healthcare plan is so bad that numerous Republican senators have spoken out against it, and have refused to even vote for it, which will undoubtedly kill the bill. An article from Mother Jones magazine has direct statements from Republican senators, and their words along with the link embedded in the text are provided below.
- “Four Republican senators from states that expanded Medicaid—Rob Portman (Ohio), Shelley Moore Capito (W. Va.), Cory Gardner (Colo.) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)—penned a letter to Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) shortly before the latest version of the bill was released Monday expressing concern that an earlier draft of the replacement “does not provide stability and certainty for individuals and families in Medicaid expansion programs.” While the senators support replacing Obamacare, they say they won’t vote for “a plan that does not include stability for Medicaid expansion populations or flexibility for states.” There’s no indication that Monday’s version of the bill addressed their concerns. Senate Republicans can only afford to lose three votes—four would prevent the bill’s passage unless a Democrat votes for it.”
- Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from Maine, told Katie Couric that she “has a lot of concerns” about the bill—particularly the estimates that 6 to 10 million people could lose their health insurance. Collins objected to the roll-back of Medicaid expansion and also warned that the bill could increase health care costs for seniors.In addition, Collins opposed to a provision in the bill defunding Planned Parenthood. (Under Obamacare, Planned Parenthood can accept Medicaid funding for non-abortion procedures.) “In my state, Planned Parenthood provides essential health care services to more than 10,000 people,” she said. “Where are those people going to go?” Murkowski has made similar arguments
On Tuesday, the Congressional Budget Office released its final analysis of the Republican health care bill and predicted that under the Republican bill, about 24 million people would be insured in 2026 than the status quo under Obamacare. According to the CBO, insurance enrollment would automatically be reduced by 14 million people next year alone, which left Republican lawmakers with nothing but a torn up bill. Read the statements of more Republican senators below.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) acknowledged that the CBO score is generally correct. “They’re right that coverage levels will go down in the coming years under the House bill,” he said on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show. “That’s why I believe it’s so important that the House take a pause and try to fix some of these fixable problems in their committees.”
- Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) came out against the bill. “After reviewing this legislation and receiving the Congressional Budget Office score today, it is clear that this bill is not consistent with the repeal and replace principles for which I stand,” he said in a Facebook statement. “I do believe that we can enact meaningful health care reforms that put the patient and health care provider back at the center of our health care system, but this bill is not the right answer.”
- “The most troubling aspect of the CBO report was its projection that under the House bill premiums would continue to rise next year and the year thereafter,” said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). “That is unacceptable.”
- “I do not want to vote on a bill that has no chance of passing over in the Senate,” Rep. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) told CNN. “The CBO score has modified the dynamics.
- Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) was blunt in his description of the score: “Can’t sugarcoat it. Doesn’t look good.” He also pointed out the fact the score doesn’t reflect the president’s campaign promises to deliver a program better than Obamacare. “That’s not what President Trump promised,” he said. “That’s not what Republicans ran on.”
- For Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the sheer numbers alone wouldn’t allow her to support the bill. “As written, the plan leaves too many from my #SoFla district uninsured,” she tweeted the day after the CBO score was released.