The GOP's New Health Care Plan Is Doomed Without Moderate Republicans

A vast majority of Americans want the Trump administration to try to find a way to save ObamaCare, according to a new poll released Tuesday.

Obamacare has consistently split public opinion since Democrats muscled it to passage in 2010 without a single Republican vote, with many polls tilting to the negative side.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office recently concluded that insurance markets would probably be stable "in most areas" under the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, or ACA.

Pic: ReutersWASHINGTON: President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress lurched between repealing Obamacare or rewriting the USA tax code as their top priority, with House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday dampening White House hopes for a quick vote on healthcare legislation.

With Donald Trump and some GOP members of Congress working to make the bill more appealing to hard-right conservatives, they appear to be losing more votes from moderate Republicans and gaining none from more conservative members of the party. Tax cuts aren't in themselves a bad idea, especially to Republican voters, but they don't like the concept so much when it comes at the expense of their health care coverage. "We continue to work earnestly with congress for a new future on health care reform".

When you ignore the voices of the American people, there will be major consequences. "Even in this poll, which showed many people wanting to have health care provided for them, only 11 percent of those surveyed actually got their health care through a marketplace set up by the Affordable Care Act itself". But, in November, only 7% of Republicans felt this way.

Perhaps tempering pressure on the stocks, House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Tuesday that Republican lawmakers are having productive talks on a new healthcare reform bill, but it was too soon to say if and when a new proposal would be put forth.

There remain deep differences among hardliners and moderate Republicans regarding the bill.

Short said he couldn't provide a "timetable as to when we think that will happen".

"Appeasing the most extreme members of House in order to buy votes will not help American families and other health care consumers". My understanding is that those who have insurance pay 10 percent to 15 percent of premiums for those who do not have insurance, so that the doctors and hospitals are there when we all need them. But in Gallup's most recent poll, that number has jumped to 57 percent - a 17-point increase in five months.

  • Leroy Wright


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