A resolution to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “will be the first item the Senate votes on next year … underscoring the GOP's commitment to repealing the law even as its replacement plan remains unclear,” reports Politico.
Some 50 attempts to repeal ACA, widely known as Obamacare, ended in failure under President Barack Obama, who had veto power. But President-elect Donald Trump has promised to sign repeal legislation into law.
Politico said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced the GOP’s plans for the ACA repeal effort. Politico also reported that McConnell wants “Democratic cooperation” to find a suitable replacement for the law, which expanded health coverage to include tens of millions of people for the first time.
Mind you, not one House or Senate Republican voted for the ACA.
Who would suffer the most if Obamacare is repealed? Low-income whites that’s who, according to the Washington Post.
“Of the 30 million who would become uninsured, 55 percent are poor or nearly poor, with incomes under twice the federal poverty threshold. The majority (56 percent) of those who would become uninsured would be white,” the Post said, citing a report by the nonpartisan Urban Institute.
Let that sink in for a moment. This means the same voters who were instrumental in propelling Trump to victory have the most to lose if Obamacare is dismantled. Talk about voting against your own interests.