Donald Trump Admits His Health Plan Will Hurt His Supporters

Pablo Tucker
March 20, 2017

"Now that we have our score we can make some necessary improvements and refinements to the bill", he said.

The House Budget Committee narrowly voted to move the proposal to the House floor on Thursday while recommending a series of changes.

Paul Ryan speaks in Washington, D.C., on March 8, 2017.

President Trump, accompanied by Vice President Pence, shakes hands with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) on January 26.


Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., who represents a suburban Philadelphia district that has been heavily targeted by Democrats, said in a Facebook post that he was most concerned that the legislation would roll back efforts to prevent and treat opioid abuse. "We're confident tonight that there are not the votes to modify this current bill to make it acceptable to conservatives and moderates alike", Representative Mark Meadows, chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus said on Wednesday night.

One lawmaker said the changes include "work requirements and block grants".

He's powered through a politically troubling report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office that estimates that more people could be uninsured by this bill than became insured under Obamacare.

"We think that we should be offering even more assistance than what the bill now does", Ryan, R-Wis., said in a "Fox News Sunday" interview, in which he confirmed that House leaders are eyeing a Thursday vote on its passage.


Many were shocked to find that this bill was not the free market solution to health care that we all hoped it would be.

"If it needs more beefing up... for folks who are low-income, between 50 and 64 years of age, that's something we've talked about, that's something we've entertained", Price told ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos". Susan Collins of Maine, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah in opposing the legislation, while other Republicans, including Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Ted Cruz of Texas, have expressed deep misgivings. Price wouldn't say what revisions might occur, but said Trump thinks the current measure addresses his priorities.

Trump and Walker suggested that the support from the Republican Study Committee members was an indication that conservatives were coming around to the plan.

"I don't believe so".


Under his proposed replacement bill, the the sick and the elderly, those with the most limited resources, are left at the highest risk, despite having health insurance. And he noted that the CBO projected that the bill would cause premiums to rise at least 20% over the first two years before they start going down.

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