It seems there are not a lot of fans of the new American Healthcare Act (ACHA) other than Paul Ryan and a handful of others aligned with the House speaker. Democrats, Republicans, and even the medical community are turning out in force to oppose the legislation that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) assessed as drastically reducing the numbers of people who would be insured after its implementation.
Even Donald Trump doesn’t seem all that supportive, insisting that the bill not be called “Trumpcare” in a move to distance himself from the disastrous bill and announcing that “no one knew healthcare could be so complicated.” Seriously.
Since the CBO released its report showing that 24 million people were projected to lose health insurance should the ACHA pass, Republicans have begun to suddenly understand what 24 million people who’ve lost healthcare may be able to do in the 2018 and 2020 elections. Out of fear of losing the jobs that voters elected them to do, far too many in the Senate are now saying that they will not support the bill to make it possible for the bill to ever pass.
Rep. Illeana Ros-Lehtinan (R-FL) announced on Tuesday that she would not be able to support the bill in light of the CBO’s findings.
‘I plan to vote NO on the current #AHCA bill. As written the plan leaves too many from my #SoFla district uninsured. As #AHCA stands, it will cut much needed help for #SoFla’s poor + elderly populations. Need a plan that will do more to protect them.’
Other Republicans say that they would be able to support the bill provided that some of its policies are negotiable, but there is disagreement as to whether or not that will be the case. Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) says that the message around whether or not changes can be negotiated has been unclear.
‘This bill is either negotiable or it’s not. It can’t be both.’
What is agreed upon at this point is that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) can “can only afford to lose two GOP senators and still pass the bill,” but “far more than that have spoken out arguing the legislation needs substantial changes.”
At this point, it seems that the ACHA is a non-starter, but only the continued pressure from voters can ensure that.
For more on the ACHA and the disastrous CBO report on its projected effects, see video below:
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