President Donald Trump intensified his campaign for support on the American Healthcare Act, which was crafted by Republican lawmakers to replace Obamacare, the signature domestic policy achievement of former President Barack Obama.
Trump repeatedly told reporters that Obamacare is dead after his meeting with the Republican Study Committee on Friday.
“Obamacare is dead healthcare plan. Only because everyone knows it’s on its last, dying feet, the fake news os trying to say good things about it. Fake media. There is no good news about Obamacare,” said Trump.
The President added that there would be no people on the plan six months or one year from now. “Unless we gave it massive subsidies, it’s not going to be there.” He cited the situation in Tennesse where “half of the state has no insurance company and the other half is losing insurance company. The people don’t know what to do. It is a disaster.”
Trump repeated, “Obamacare is dead. Nothing to do with these people, nothing to do with me, it’s on respirator, and it’s just about ready to implode. Now, we could wait for six months or a year, and let it happen.It’s not the right thing to do for the people.”
He also noted that the premiums on the current healthcare plan went up 58% to as much as 116%. According to him, the governor of Minnesota, who is a good Democrat stated that Obamacare is no longer affordable.
The President once again pointed out, “Obamacare is not an alternative. It’s not there; it’s dead, dead.”
Trump boasted persuading GOP “no” votes to “yes”
Trump also emphasized that his support for the American Healthcare Act is 100% and boasted reversing the votes for some Republican lawmakers from no to yes. He said it is a “great plan” and he promised to “take care of people of all levels.
“I want everybody to know that I am 100% behind this.” According to him, the press is not giving the GOP healthcare plan a fair coverage. He said, “I watched and said that’s not the bill we’re passing.” He added, “We made certain changes.”
Furthermore, the President said all the Republican lawmakers (present at the meeting), who would potentially oppose or would vote no on the bill changed their minds.
I also want everyone to know that all of these nos or potential nos are all yeses. Every single person sitting in this room is now a yes.
American Healthcare Act does not repeal Obamacare
The House Freedom Caucus, composed of conservative Republican lawmakers did not attend the meeting with the President on Friday. Cong. Justin Amash, a member of the caucus tweeted, “Absolutely not true that conservatives have flipped to yes on the health care bill. It doesn’t repeal Obamacare. It remains a disaster.”
The Washington Post noted that there are almost 70 Republican lawmakers who have serious concerns about the bill. On Tuesday, Sen Ted Cruz said, “I have serious concerns about the current draft of the House bill. As written, I do not believe the House bill would pass the Senate.”
Influential conservative groups such as the Heritage Foundation, Club for Growth, and Freedom Works, strongly oppose the American Healthcare Act. They called it “Obamacare Lite” and “bad policy.”
14 million Americans would lose medical insurance under GOP plan
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported that 14 million Americans would lose medical insurance under the Republican healthcare plan.
The CBO also estimated that 52 million people would not have health insurance by 2016 if the American Health Care Act becomes law. The number is significantly higher than the estimated 28 million people with no coverage that year if Obamacare would not be repealed.
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