Republicans appear poised to vote on the newest iteration of Trumpcare on Thursday. GOP leadership is confident they finally have enough votes to get a revised bill passed in the House, a development that appeared highly unlikely as recently as Wednesday morning. Announced House majority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) late Wednesday: “We have enough votes. It’ll pass.”
As reported by the New York Times, this confidence springs from the fact that two Republicans agreed Wednesday night to change their votes from “no” to “yes”, despite the fact that these same lawmakers had recently warned that the bill failed to protect the sick. As widely reported, the revised bill will allow insurance companies to effectively price-out patients with pre-existing conditions – charging astronomical premiums that would be out of reach for most Americans.
Republicans have tried to provide themselves cover on this issue by offering an $8 billion subsidy to be spread among the states. However, this amount is woefully inadequate and will not provide meaningful relief, according to experts.
Dr. Andrew W. Gurman, president of the American Medical Association, slammed the latest bill. Said Dr. Gurman, according to the Times: “‘None of the legislative tweaks under consideration changes the serious harm to patients and the health care delivery system’ that the bill would cause. ‘The latest changes,’ he said, ‘tinker at the edges without remedying the fundamental failing of the bill — that millions of Americans will lose their health insurance as a direct result of this proposal.'”
Restore Progress will closely monitor developments as the bill is put to a vote on Thursday. In the meantime, we encourage you to call your representatives in Congress and tell them to vote no on this destructive, backwards bill.