Publicly, President #DonaldTrump has been a great defender of Congress's efforts to repeal and replace #Obamacare, throwing a massive celebration on May 4 when the House passed its #bill. But in private, he told Republican #senators that the House bill was "mean," and that they would need to improve it greatly. Trump has since confirmed he attacked the bill in private, and took a snipe at former President #BarackObama for criticizing repeal efforts in similar terms. “He used my term: 'mean,'" Trump said on #Fox&Friends. "That was my term, because I want to see — and I speak from the #heart — that’s what I want to see. I want to see a bill with heart."
Well, we have a Senate bill now. Two, in fact: the original version released on Thursday, and the amended version, with new incentives for young, #healthy #people to remain insured, unveiled on Monday along with a Congressional Budget Office analysis. And both are them are clearly, unequivocally, #mean. The Senate bill will take #insurance away from tens of millions of people, make low-income #Americans pay more in premiums and deductibles, and institute the biggest cut to #Medicaid in American history. People will suffer. Some people will die.
According to the CBO, 22 million fewer people will have health insurance as a result of the Senate bill, in its latest form. And 15 #million fewer will have Medicaid coverage, as the program is dramatically shrunk to below even its pre-Obamacare funding levels. Spending on health insurance for low- and moderate-income people will fall by $1 #trillion over 10 years, of which $772 #billion are cuts to Medicaid alone.
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