For seven years, Republicans have fought to stop Obamacare from happening and have dreamed of replacing the said bill. Unfortunately, now the the Senate finally has something at hand, it seems like the Republican’s dream of an American Health Care Act is in peril.
Just days after finalizing the repeal for the Affordable Healthcare Act, senate majority leader Mitch McConnell told Republicans last Tuesday that he would delay the voting process for the new US Health Care Bill. Instead of having it right away, McConnell said the voting will start after the senate’s July 4th recess.
The reason for the delay is the fact that some Republican senators are expressing their disinterest in the new bill. Some even calling the new US Health Car Bill as “inadequate” and “unacceptable.” Meanwhile Democrats said that the Republican bill “does not have a soul,” according to Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
Immediately after the announcement, President Trump called for a White House meeting with all the Republican senators. In the meeting, Trump sounded more ambivalent rather than pushy on the subject matter. In his opening statement, Trump said “this will be great if we get it done and if we don’t get it done, it’s just going to be something that we’re not going to like – and that’s okay. I understand that very well.”
At the moment, the Republican Senate is aiming for a 50-50 vote on the new US Health Care Bill. This way, the bill will be decided under the process that is called “reconciliation.” Under this method, Vice President Mike Pence, who is a Republican, will cast the last vote to make the bill formal and binding.
As it stands, the Congressional Budget Office has said the the new bill will deny medical coverage to 15 million Americans on the first year alone, according to The Guardian. By 2020, this number will be 19 million. And by 2026, the CBO is predicting 22 million of uninsured Americans. The new US Health Car Bill will also deny budget to Medicaid among other things.