Is Trumpcare DOA? GOP Senator Suggests Obamacare Repeal May be Headed for a Death Panel

On Monday afternoon House Republicans proposed the health care plan that they intend to replace the Affordable Care Act with. Less than twenty-four hours later and GOP senator Roy Blunt has suggested that the plan, which would be entitled the American Health Care Act but has been coined by some as Trumpcare, would struggle to pass congress.

A Blunt Assessment of Trumpcare

Speaking to local radio on Tuesday Senator Blunt had this to say about Trumpcare:

“Well, I haven’t had time to look at it in great depth yet, so we’ll see..”

The senator from Missouri later added that:

“What I don’t like is it may not be a plan that gets a majority votes and let’s us move on. Because, we can’t stay where we are with the plan we’ve got now.”

The nature and tone of Blunt’s assessment doesn’t seem to bode very well for Trumpcare which, despite being in its infancy, could be dead on arrival. From a Republican Party perspective the problem with this plan is three-fold.

Firs of all, the GOP are operating with a very slender majority in the Senate as it is expected that all Democratic senators will vote against any proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare. This problem is exacerbated further by soundings emerging from the GOP in the past 24 hours which indicate that factions at either end of the party’s ideological spectrum are not satisfied with what the plan proposes.

On the one hand, the more conservative caucus of the Republican Party have criticized the plan for not going far enough to repeal key parts of Obamacare. While at the opposite end of the spectrum, more moderate Republicans senators feel that the bill would result in far too many Americans being left without health insurance – a point that is particularly pertinent if their state correlates with a high percentage of citizens availing of Obamacare.

The reality of the situation is that this draft bill will struggle in congress, in its current guise at least, not because it doesn’t provide enough insurance to millions of Americana but rather because it is seen as being too similar to Obamacare for large parts of the GOP. This is despite the fact that the bill, if introduced, would remove the mandate to have health insurance or face a fine, would cut the number of people receiving Medicaid and would allow insurance companies to charge elderly Americans up to five times more for health insurance than younger Americans.

The fact that Republicans senators and representatives cannot agree on this plan is one thing but their reason for not being able to see eye to eye on it is much more worrying.

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