Trump's Broken Promises on Display With 'Devastating' CBO Report

Trump's Broken Promises on Display With 'Devastating' CBO Report

The worse-than-expected healthcare analysis released Monday by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has Republicans on the defensive, the White House dodging campaign promises, and the resistance movement reenergized to fight back. 

According to the CBO, the GOP’s healthcare plan would cause 24 million Americans to lose health coverage over the next 10 years, raise premiums for millions more, and afford a massive tax cut to the rich. 

“The plan, the CBO concludes, would take more than $1 trillion away from programs targeting poor and middle-class families, to fund an $883 billion tax cut targeted at the wealthy,” Dylan Matthews wrote at Vox. “It is upward income redistribution of a truly massive scale.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) tried to put a positive spin on the CBO’s “devastating” report even as interest groups, Senate Republicans, and right-wing conservatives voiced increasing skepticism over the American Healthcare Act (AHCA), recently dubbed “TrumpCare.” 

The Hill reported:

However, as the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explained:

Many others will go without coverage due to sweeping cuts to Medicaid. President Donald Trump vowed multiple times on the campaign trail not to cut the program, but the CBO analysis shows AHCA would see Trump “break his promise—by a mile,” as NBC News put it. TrumpCare would slash $880 billion in federal funds from Medicaid in the next 10 years, leaving 14 million fewer people without coverage by 2026.


(It’s worth noting that Seema Verma, Trump’s “extremist” nominee to head the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, was confirmed by the Senate on Monday. As a healthcare consultant, Verma was instrumental in multiple state efforts to restrict Medicaid coverage.)

Furthermore, NBC noted:

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price was asked to defend the plan in light of other Trump campaign rhetoric on Tuesday morning, when “Today” show hosts asked him about the president’s pledge to ensure coverage for every American. 

“Are you saying no one is going to lose coverage under this plan?” NBC‘s Savannah Guthrie asked Price. “Because that’s what the president promised.”

“What we’re saying is that the current system has failed,” was Price’s non-answer. “You got one-third of the counties in this nation that are only offering one coverage policy. Five states, only one coverage policy. Premiums going up, deductibles going up. The fact is that the current system has failed.”

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No one will be more impacted by these broken promises than Trump voters themselves, as recent analyses have shown. 

And so the battle to defend healthcare and defeat TrumpCare continues, with Tuesday’s “Resist Trump” actions geared toward repairing, not repealing, the Affordable Care Act, and “stakeouts to save healthcare” planned nationwide for Thursday and Friday. 

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