The American Health Care Act, otherwise known as Trumpcare, is currently being negotiated over in the Senate, with the latest update to its status coming with the news that it is apparently officially fit to be passed as a “reconciliation” measure and thus only needs 51 votes to pass the Senate and not 60.
For the bill to have required 60 votes would have been all but the end for it, since that would have meant that at least a small number of Democrats would have had to be on board.
The Congressional Budget Office’s assessment of the bill is pretty straightforward and grim — should the AHCA pass, tens of millions of people will lose their health coverage as a result of the Republicans’ misguided at best efforts to cut costs in the health industry.
It passed the House earlier this year, and while it remains to be seen what final product the Senate settles on, recent history doesn’t bode well and this is literally a life or death situation for some people.
Democratic United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein posted a message to Twitter this week that all those concerned with protecting care for those who could be left out of Trumpcare can get behind.
Feinstein’s statement says:
‘The Republican health care bill guts the Medicaid program to cut taxes for the richest Americans. Terrible! I can’t support slashing health care for the elderly, disabled and children so the richest in this country can get a tax cut. The American people don’t want to take health care away from children to cut taxes for the richest people in our country.’