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Trump Will Be 'Very Angry' If Health Bill Fails

| by Michael Doherty
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President Donald Trump has said he is "waiting" for the GOP's health care bill to arrive at his desk.

Republicans' efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has had a number of setbacks, but the new bill is expected to come to a vote in the Senate in late July, Reuters reports.

"I am sitting in the Oval Office with a pen in hand, waiting for our senators to give it to me," said the president in a July 12 interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, according to CNN. "For years, they've been talking about repeal-replace, repeal-replace. I think they passed it 61 times ... now we have a president that's waiting to sign it. I have pen in hand so now it means something."

"I hope that they do it," said Trump. "They've been promising it for years."

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Trump has reportedly begun to take a more hands-off approach with the bill, which he had previously described as "mean" in an earlier incarnation.

"I really appreciate what you're doing to come out with a bill that's going to be a phenomenal bill to the people of our country: generous, kind, with heart. That's what I'm saying," Trump said in June, according to The Hill.

Vice President Mike Pence has taken on a key role in selling the plan, according to aides who said he had been taking phone calls and also hosted a dinner with senators to promote the bill.

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The newly revealed revision of the bill would allow for the sale of cheaper plans with fewer benefits, along with cuts to Medicaid and keeping some key taxes on the wealthy from Obamacare, according to CNBC.

The GOP has 52 seats in the Senate, a narrow majority, which means they can only afford to have two Republicans vote against the bill in order to pass it.

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said that the first version of the bill would significantly increase the number of Americans without insurance, estimating the bill "would increase the number of people who are uninsured by 22 million in 2026 relative to the number under current [Affordable Care Act] law."

"By 2026, an estimated 49 million people would be uninsured, compared with 28 million who would lack insurance that year under current law," said the CBO of the bill's first version.

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said on July 12 that he "can't support" the bill, before he had seen the latest version.

"As far as I can tell, the new bill is the same old bill," said Paul.

Trump added in the July 12 interview that he will be "very angry" if the Senate does not send him a final version of the bill to replace Obamacare.

Sources: CNN, CNBC, Reuters, The Hill / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr (2, 3)

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