Some supporters of President Donald Trump said on July 13 that they are scared of the Republican replacement health care plan, sometimes called Trumpcare (video below).
Despite decades of Republican opposition to government health care programs and Trump's repeated promise to repeal Obamacare without any specified replacement, some Trump voters appeared to be taken by surprise as they voiced their concerns on CNN.
Colleen England Byrd told CNN host Alisyn Camerota how she was "scared" of Trump's support for the GOP health care bill because of how it would affect her ability to buy medications:
I have bipolar disorder, it’s a pretty severe case. And I rely on my doctor and many medications to make me stable and able to function in the community.
And if he takes that away -- Medicaid people, Medicare people, those who are bipolar, no medications, no doctors -- it’s going to be like the zombie apocalypse, really, running-through-the-streets crazy.
Camerota asked Byrd what she expected from Trump on health care, and Byrd said she expected "something better" than Obamacare. Byrd did not find that "something" to be of comfort: "What I’ve seen come off the block is not better. It's scary to me."
Another Trump voter named Jackie said she knew that Trump was "promising only something that Congress can do," but supported the president regardless.
"I just figured Congress isn't going to go along with him," Jackie added. "He's just saying something people want to hear."
Jackie admitted she was wrong, and added: "I have loved ones that have chronic conditions that are functioning now because of the medications they're on, and because of the medical care they received. I’m scared."
Gene Huber, another Trump voter, blamed some Republicans who were not working with the president to repeal and replace Obamacare, and the Democrats for not working to undo the landmark health care bill that was signed by a Democratic president.
James Davis, a Trump voter, blamed Obamacare for the rise in his insurance premiums, which are not set by Obamacare, but rather by private insurance companies; Davis said he supports repealing Obamacare.
Republican opposition to government-funded health care goes as far back as 1945 when President Harry Truman called for an universal health care program, noted PBS in 2014:
Millions of our citizens do not now have a full measure of opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health. Millions do not now have protection or security against the economic effects of sickness. The time has arrived for action to help them attain that opportunity and that protection.