With the Republican-controlled House of Representatives slated to pass a bill Wednesday night repealing the sweeping health care overhaul, President Barack Obama fired a warning shot to his adversaries.
“Today, the American people have greater health security than they did a year ago,” Obama said in a prepared statement. “Because of the Affordable Care Act, Americans no longer have to live in fear that insurance companies will drop or cap their coverage if they get sick, or that they’ll face double-digit premium increases with no accountability or recourse.”
The president touted its other benefits, such as the small-business tax credits and the ability to stay on a parent’s insurance plan until 26, and invoked a report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget that said it will reduce the deficit by more than a trillion dollars over the next twenty years.
The CBO projected the GOP repeal measure will add roughly $230 billion to the deficit by 2021 and leave 54 million nonelderly Americans uninsured by 2019.
With a majority of 241-174 in the House, Republicans seemed poised to push the measure through, fulfilling a core part of their 2010 campaign platform. Even so, it was expected to be dead on arrival in the Democratic-led Senate, and if it somehow passed, Obama said he would issue a veto.
Because of this, the White House said yesterday that it was not treating health care repeal as a “serious legislative effort.”
“So I’m willing and eager to work with both Democrats and Republicans to improve the Affordable Care Act,” Obama added. “But we can’t go backward. Americans deserve the freedom and security of knowing that insurance companies can’t deny, cap, or drop their coverage when they need it the most, while taking meaningful steps to curb runaway health care costs.”
With Republicans angling to shut down virtually all elements of President Obama’s agenda, any compromise on amending the measure was likely to be a fool’s errand for the president.
Though full repeal seemed destined to fail, the GOP was enlisting states from across the nation to challenge the overhaul’s individual mandate in court, and could potentially block funds for the law’s implementation over the coming years.
WATCH LIVE: Trump tries to distract from the Democratic debate with his own rally
President Donald Trump is on a west coast swing to raise Beverly Hills cash. But Wednesday, Trump will deliver one of his classic rambling speeches to a room full of fans in an attempt to distract attention away from the Democratic debate in Arizona.
MSNBC intends to air the debate, where former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg will appear for the first time on the debate stage. There are expected to be fireworks on the stage as Democratic candidates like Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) criticize the former mayor for buying his way into the Democratic debate and the primary.
WATCH LIVE: Michael Bloomberg faces questions for the first time in Las Vegas Democratic Debate
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will appear on the debate stage for the first time in the Democratic primary.
MSNBC will air a Wednesday debate, where there are expected to be fireworks on the stage as Democratic candidates like Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) criticize the former mayor for buying his way into the Democratic debate and the primary.
"The debate will test Bloomberg’s ability to handle the scrutiny he has largely escaped until recently. It’ll be the first time he’ll share the stage with his Democratic rivals and be judged by voters in the sort of uncontrolled environment that even his money cannot buy," reported NBC News.
Trump ‘does have a tendency to lash out’: Texas Republican tells president to ‘temper’ his rabid impulses
Republicans are concerned about President Donald Trump's rabid impulses and are urging self-discipline and constraint, two words that aren't typically associated with the president.
In a Politico report, Republican officials explained that they agree with the attorney general that Trump should calm down and let him handle things.
“The president does have a tendency to lash out, and I think in this case he would be well advised to try to temper that,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). “Because I think Bill Barr is his best path on seeing that justice is done in terms of all of these various investigations, including the counterintelligence investigation and the lead-up to the Mueller report.”