U.S. Senate Republicans have unveiled legislation to replace Obamacare but the bill’s fate was quickly thrown into question as several senators voiced skepticism.
Four conservative lawmakers said they won’t back the Affordable Health Care Act as it stands claiming it doesn’t sufficiently reduce the government’s role, leaving Republicans short of the votes they need for passage.
The US President Donald Trump tweeted he’s looking “forward to making it really special”, perhaps suggesting changes are in store.
I am very supportive of the Senate #HealthcareBill. Look forward to making it really special! Remember, ObamaCare is dead.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2017
His predecessor in the White House, Barack Obama also took to social media to express his concerns.
Health care has always been about something bigger than politics: it’s about the character of our country. https://t.co/UqLO14Hef7— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 22, 2017
Democrats immediately attacked the bill as a giveaway to the rich that will leave millions without health cover.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said: “Senate Republicans with this bill are proposing to defund Planned Parenthood, to drastically slash Medicaid, which helps middle class families with loved ones in a nursing home, and sends those dollars to the very richest people in America.”
The wrangling is set to continue with the bill’s real-world impact unknown, but the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office is expected to provide an estimate early next week.
NBC News (@NBCNews) June 23, 2017