Try Again Republicans: New Affordable Care Act Has Been Called Off

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Sofia Jacobo, Co-Editor in Chief

The latest issue plaguing the minds of many Americans is the controversial topic of the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. One of Trump’s biggest topics discussed during his 2016 presidential campaign was improving healthcare for all Americans.

Since passed in 2010 and implemented in 2013, ObamaCare has ensured millions of Americans. Now President Donald Trump is doing everything in his power to repeal the act and replace it.

According to The New York Times, “The Republicans’ repeal bill would have left an additional 24 million Americans without insurance by 2026.”

With the House of Representatives being divided on the issue, “moderates want to see [the] government lend more support to middle and low-income people to buy health insurance and conservatives want[ed] to see Obamacare repealed,” stated CNN.

Due to the number of votes that were lacking from the Republicans, the bill was pulled in the midst of a press conference given by Republican Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan.

During a telephone interview moments after, Trump declared that “Obamacare unfortunately will explode. It’s going to have a very bad year.” He also followed by saying, “Democrats will [eventually] come to us and say, ‘Look, let’s get together and get a great health care bill or plan that’s really great for the people of our country.’”

Trump furthermore stated, “We had no votes from the Democrats. They weren’t going to give us a single vote, so it’s a very difficult thing to do. When they all become civilized and get together, and try and work out a great health care bill for the people of this country, we’re open to it,” reported CBS New York.

Many believe Trump has resorted to blaming the Democrats for the failed attempt to put the bill to vote, despite never consulting them in the first place.

At the moment, Republicans have stated that they currently do not have a Plan B, but are working nonstop to come up with another health care bill to better healthcare for all Americans.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise believes “we’re closer today to repealing Obamacare than we’ve ever been before, and are surely even closer than we were Friday” reported  CNN Politics.