Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California has blasted the American Health Care Act, the GOP's plan to replace Affordable Care Act, commonly called "Obamacare." In her view, the AHCA is evidence that both President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers do not care about low-income Americans.
On March 18, Waters asserted that neither Trump or the GOP are allies of low-income Americans.
"Something that we just have to understand and know about the Republican Party is they have never been for the poor and working class, and it's even worse now," Waters told MSNBC.
The California lawmaker accused Trump, who ran a populist-style campaign during the 2016 presidential race, of being a financial elitist who was not concerned by the plight of low-income Americans.
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"With this president, he's part of the billionaire class," Water continued. "They don't care about these poor people."
On March 17, Trump voiced support for the House Republican proposal to place federal funding caps on Medicaid and allow state governors to create work requirements for their able-bodied constituents to receive Medicaid, The New York Times reports.
"I want everyone to know, I'm 100 percent behind this," Trump said during a meeting with the Republican Study Committee.
Waters asserted that her GOP colleagues' attempts to insert provisions into the AHCA to limit Medicaid benefits even further is proof that they do not care about low-income people.
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The California Democrat added that the proposed Medicaid work requirements resembled "that old racist argument about... the 'welfare queen' getting something that she does not deserve."
Waters concluded that Trump "is making it clear that he's going to go along with the most conservative element of the Republican Party and concede that they have a right to make sure that poor people are not getting too much from government."
Congressional Democrats have accused the GOP proposal to replace the ACA of being a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans at the expense of the poor, according to The New York Times.
"Trumpcare is really a tax break for the rich, not a health-care program," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, said of the AHCA on March 9. "[Republicans] talk like populists but act for wealthy interests."
On March 15, Trump asserted that the AHCA would be negotiated to make it more generous to low-income Americans.
"If we're not going to take care of the people, I'm not signing anything," Trump told Fox News.