Under the House Republican health care bill, 24 million more will be uninsured by 2026 and 14 million will lose coverage by next year, according to the Congressional Budget Office. These numbers are higher than expected and immediately put proponents of the bill on the defensive.
Despite Donald Trump’s campaign promise that he wouldn’t cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, he’s now championing a bill that would drop 5 million people from Medicaid by 2018. Today, 28 million Americans are uninsured. Under the Republican plan, 52 million would be uninsured by 2026.
According to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll, 60% of Americans believe businesses with more than 50 employees should be required to provide health insurance. 69% of Americans believe people with pre-existing conditions should be guaranteed care. 85% of Americans support allowing anyone to stay on their parent’s plan until 26 and 80% support state expansions of Medicaid. Obamacare’s popularity at an all-time high.
The House bill is some attempt at compromise. But moderates worry about their constituents losing coverage while conservatives worry not enough will lose coverage. Rand Paul called the plan “Obamacare Lite.” Members of the House Freedom Caucus vowed to fight it. Republican Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee signaled the trio would block it in the Senate. Donald Trump warned of a “bloodbath” in mid-term elections if Republicans fail to act.