GOP pushes back on Clinton health policy push
Republican lawmakers have launched a fresh push to push back on President Donald Trump’s health care proposal, calling it a “dismemberment” and “abomination.”
Trump’s proposal would cut off federal funding to Planned Parenthood and cut off Medicaid coverage for millions of low-income women and people of color.
It also would require women to obtain a second medical exam before receiving their birth control.
Trump has said the plan would save the government $3 trillion over 10 years.
“I want to tell you that we can save the country over $3.5 trillion in healthcare costs over the next decade by terminating Planned Parenthood,” Trump said Tuesday during an address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in Washington.
The GOP lawmakers have been trying to make sure their proposals don’t offend Republicans who are opposed to Planned parenthood.
The plan is a “disaster,” House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters Tuesday.
But he added: “I’m going to continue to work on this as we go.”
Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois told reporters he didn’t support Trump’s plan, but he had not yet decided how he would vote on the proposal.
“But this is a horrible idea,” Kinzingsaid.
“This is a terrible idea that would be devastating to women, that would devastate our economy.”
Ryan told reporters that Trump’s budget “is not a conservative budget.”
“I have been a member of the House for 30 years, and this is not a budget that I would support.
But this is an approach that would do nothing to reduce the deficit, and if you don’t do that, then you’re not a true conservative,” Ryan said.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether the Trump administration would support the GOP bill.
The House GOP’s new plan would also require that all Americans have health insurance and eliminate the employer mandate that requires many employers to provide health coverage to employees.
The proposal is similar to a measure the GOP has pushed for years in the Senate, but the measure would require congressional approval for it.
A key Republican, Rep. Martha McSally of Arizona, introduced a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which she said was hurting women and communities of color, in 2017.
McSally said in her bill that “the GOP has been out of touch with what women and women of color are feeling in 2017.”
McSall’s bill was later withdrawn from consideration after Republicans in Congress passed legislation to repeal Obamacare.
The president’s proposal also includes a provision to cut off funding for Medicaid for women and families who cannot afford health care and would require insurance plans to cover abortion.
Trump’s budget also calls for a $5 trillion cut to Social Security, which is estimated to cost the federal government about $1.2 trillion over the first decade of the 21st century.
Republicans say the plan will provide stability to the retirement program for decades to come.
McDonald, a former state lawmaker, said she was “disappointed” in the House GOP plan.
“There is no way this is the right way to go forward,” McDonald said.
“If I had my druthers, I would never support anything like this.
The American people should have a say in this.
I think it’s a disaster.
It’s just not going to work.”
A new study by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released Tuesday estimated that repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a “progressive” health care system would lead to an $8,000 increase in the deficit over 10-year periods.
The CBO also projected that the Republican bill would cost more than $7,000 per person in federal subsidies for insurance plans.
The CBO estimated that the GOP plan would result in the closure of at least 6,000 jobs and the loss of 1 million jobs over 10 or 15 years.