Victory for kids! GOP cancels vote on Trump / Ryan health bill
With Republicans divided and every Democrat opposed to the American Health Care Act, the GOP’s “replacement” for the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) pulled the bill instead of proceeding with a vote that had twice been scheduled last week. The defeat was a stinging rebuke to the Trump agenda after he ran on a pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare.
NEA strongly opposed the bill because it threatened health care for 36 million low-income children — half the current Medicaid enrollment — and their families. By 2026. the American Health Care Act would have caused 24 million to lose health coverage while providing $883 billion in tax cuts for insurance companies and households with incomes over $250,000, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. Many thanks to all those who sent more than 133,000 letters to Congress opposing the bill.