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Former Supporter Turns Against Trump Over Trumpcare (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Kraig Moss, a longtime supporter of President Donald Trump, said on March 21 that his support has soured because of the president's push for the American Health Care Act, also known as Trumpcare (video below).

Moss told CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" that his 24-year-old son, Rob, died from a drug overdose on Jan. 16, 2014.

Moss, who attended 45 Trump rallies, was impressed by then-candidate Trump's promise to help people with addictions.

"We will help all of those people, so seriously addicted," Trump told a rally on Oct. 15, 2016. "We'll get them assistance."

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At a rally on Jan. 15, 2016, Trump personally addressed Moss: "And I know what you went through. That is a great father. I can see it. And your son is proud of you. Your son is proud of you."

Moss used to play his guitar and sing outside Trump rallies, but these days won't strum it.

"I'm not on the Trump trail anymore," Moss told CNN. "And I've lost my heart to play the Trump songs."

The Washington Post reported on March 9 that the GOP's AHCA bill would drop the Affordable Care Act's requirement in 2020 that 31 states and the District of Columbia -- with expanded Medicaid -- provide addiction services, which could affect up to 1.3 million Americans.

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Moss explained his disillusionment with Trump to CNN:

I believed everything he said ... Now, I don’t believe that he was true in his words when he was speaking. I think he was looking for votes, to be honest with you. It’s not at all what Mr. Trump promised everybody he was going to provide for us. I feel that now, anger, I feel hurt inside.

The president personally visited Capitol Hill on March 20 to drum up support for the Trumpcare, but NBC News reports that Republican opposition, and those leaning against it in the House, actually increased after Trump's visit from 17 to 27.

Trump reportedly told House Republicans they would lose their re-elections in 2018 if they did not support the bill, which could leave 24 million Americans uninsured by 2026, according to a report from the Congressional Budget Office, noted CNN.

NBC News notes that Trump and AHCA supporters cannot get the bill through the House with more than 21 opposing Republicans, but was quick to point out that there is no proof that Trump's visit was the specific cause for the GOP defections.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton ran in 2016 on a platform to strengthen Obamacare with the ultimate goal of universal health care.

Sources: CNN via YouTube, The Washington Post, NBC News, CNN / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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