By late Monday, it was becoming increasing clear that President Donald Trump was one of only a few politicians who seemed to think the new GOP replacement plan for Obamacare was “wonderful.” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) was, of course, promoting the bill, which many conservative Republicans have dubbed “Obamacare-Lite,” and signaling that it had enough support to pass in the House.
Our wonderful new Healthcare Bill is now out for review and negotiation. ObamaCare is a complete and total disaster – is imploding fast!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 7, 2017
But in just a few days, the obnoxiously named American Health Care Act has faced increasing opposition from many “Republican politicians, conservative activists and advocacy groups, right-leaning media outlets, health industry groups, and other key stakeholders,” reports Julia Lurie, who have expressed a variety of concerns.
For one thing, GOP senators think Trumpcare would harm Medicaid recipients, says Lurie.
We need to protect Medicaid expansion populations & provide more flexibility for states:https://t.co/LeTYvlw0H8
— Rob Portman (@senrobportman) March 6, 2017
Other conservative Republicans, like Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) have called the bill a “stinking pile of garbage” written by the “insurance lobby,” reports the Washington Examiner.
The Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity launched the #YouPromised campaign, demanding “full repeal,” with AFP President Tim Phillips telling The Hill that the GOP’s new legislation “falls far short of the promises Republicans made to the American people in four consecutive federal elections.”
Even Ann Coulter isn’t happy. But then again, Ann Coulter is never happy.