Tom Price Holds Rare Press Conference on Trumpcare
Tom Price held a rare press conference on Friday to get more Republicans on board with President’s Donald Trump’s healthcare bill. This shows how little support the American Healthcare Act (Trumpcare) may have on Capitol Hill. While the bill has passed through several House committees, its passage through the full body is less than assured. The Department of Health and Human Services secretary called on Republicans to, “get together and collaborate” on the bill.
Opposition to Trumpcare is coming from all sides.
Despite what Price has said, his healthcare plan has opposition on all sides. This is because more and more moderate Republicans are turning away from the bill. When the proposal was first released, most of the opposition came from the left and the far right. More conservative Republicans said that Trumpcare was too much like “Obamacare lite.”
That opposition grew to include more moderate Republicans after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued its report on the plan. Congressman Charlie Dent (R-PA) said, “Much of the focus thus far has been focused on the hard right and their concerns, I think now, since the CBO report came out, some of that focus is starting to shift to the center-right members. Many of the people in our group are in the governance wing of the party. We’re the ones who put up the votes to make sure the government functions and doesn’t default.”
Despite the victories Trumpcare has had in House committees, three prominent Republicans broke with the president and voted against the bill. Because the bill needs all the support it can get to pass through the House of Representatives.
Trumpcare faces strong opposition in the Senate.
Several prominent Republican senators have said the bill has no chance in the Senate. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) has called the bill “dead on arrival.” He explained his position to conservative talk show host, Hugh Hewitt, this way, “There is no three-phase process. There is no three-step plan. That is just political talk. It’s just politicians engaging in spin.”
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