If Republicans are going to pass their landmark health care legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare with their own, they can only afford to lose the vote of 2 Republicans, considering all Democrats are virtually opposed to the bill.
Well, five Republican Senators just came out and announced they will not vote for the bill. That means it will be dead on arrival.
President Trump even acknowledged that fact by saying Trumpcare was on a “very, very narrow path” to victory. That’s being optimistic, to say the least.
He made a desperate call to Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Friday trying to change their minds but so far his attempts have come up empty. In one of his calls, he spoke with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and spent the rest of his time trying to speak individually with other senators.
According to the Congressional Budget Offices own estimates, 23 million people will be uninsured under the plan – which is no different than the House’s version of Trumpcare.
Republican leadership claims it’s supposed to lower healthcare costs, but even four Republican senators (Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin) sent out a joint statement saying they would oppose it without any changes. Without their votes, it won’t pass in the Senate.
“It does not appear this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs,” they said.
Republican Senator Dean Heller became the fifth Republican to denounce the bill.
“This bill that’s currently in front of the United States Senate is not the answer,” said Heller.
Hillary Clinton released a statement earlier in the day saying “if Republicans pass this bill, they’re the death party.”
The Center for American Progress, who Clinton cited in her remark, estimates this is going to result in thousands upon thousands of more deaths. That’s not hyperbole.
- Assuming that 15 million fewer people would have coverage in 2026, we estimate that the coverage losses from the Senate bill would result in 18,100 additional deaths in 2026.
- Assuming that 19 million fewer people would have coverage, we estimate that the coverage losses from the Senate bill would result in 22,900 additional deaths in 2026.
- Assuming that 23 million fewer people would have coverage, we estimate that the coverage losses from the Senate bill would result in 27,700 additional deaths in 2026. If coverage losses from the Senate bill matched those from the House bill, it would result in 217,000 additional deaths over the next decade.
Senator Bernie Sanders agreed.
“This is not trying to be overly dramatic. Thousands of people will die if the Republican health care bill becomes law.”
President Obama came out against it a day earlier saying it “wasn’t a healthcare bill at all.” Instead, it was bill meant to give tax cuts to the rich.
“The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill,” Mr. Obama wrote on his Facebook page. “It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else.”