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Democrats Criticize Republican Health Care Bill

| by Jordan Smith

Democratic Minority House Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke out March 7 against the healthcare bill tabled by Republicans the previous day.

She made her comments on the American Health Care Act, commonly referred to as "Obamacare," in a CNN interview, the Hill reported.

"This will make millions of people -- it's a question of 10, 15, 20 million people -- off of having health insurance," Pelosi said, according to The Hill. "It will be the biggest transfer of wealth from low- and middle-income people to wealthy people in our country."

The proposed legislation does away with the individual mandate, which requires each person to purchase insurance or face a fine. It would also cut the number of people insured under Medicaid, allow insurers to charge the elderly up to five times more than younger people, and ensure that health insurers cover pre-existing conditions.

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The proposal would also abolish most of the taxes and regulations under Obamacare and grant people a tax credit to help pay for health insurance.

"Show us the numbers as to how many people will be thrown off. It couldn't be worse," Pelosi added.

Some GOP members have also criticized the bill, alleging that it does not go far enough toward overturning the ACA. Republicans Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky declared they would introduce their own bill March 8 that would spell out a clean break from Obamacare.

"After seven years of talking about the same thing over and over again, you’d think the Republicans would have been able to come up with a better plan than this. This plan is a mess," Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York said, according to the Guardian.

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"Trumpcare will make health insurance in America measurably worse in just about every way and likely leave more Americans uninsured. It does, however, greatly benefit the very wealthy and special interests," he added.

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut also denounced the proposed law.

"Well, Trumpcare is here, and you are going to hate it," he told reporters. "This is a dumpster fire of a bill that was written on the back of a napkin behind closed doors because Republicans know this is a disaster."

But Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin insisted that enough Republicans in the House would vote for the bill to secure a majority.

"This is the beginning of the legislative process; we’ve got a few weeks," said Ryan. "We will have 218 when this thing comes to the floor; I can guarantee that."

Sources: The Hill, Guardian / Photo credit: Lorie Shaull/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons

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