President Donald Trump has pushed hard for the repeal of Obamacare, a pledge that was a centerpiece of his campaign. He initially praised the House AHCA when it passed this spring, but later called the legislation “mean.”
Last night, Trump told supporters in Cedar Rapids, IA that the Senate plan would have “heart.”
"I think and I hope, I can't guarantee anything, but I hope we're gonna surprise you with a really good plan," Trump told the crowd.
"I've been talking about a plan with heart," Trump said. "I said, 'Add some money to it!' A plan with heart."
Early reaction from within the healthcare sector to the Senate draft was fiercely negative.
“Senate leaders today have put ideology ahead of lives with a plan that puts health and home at risk for millions of working Americans and that would badly weaken essential services for everyone in communities across the country,” Bruce Siegel, MD, president and CEO of America’s Essential Hospitals, said in a media release.
“Today’s Senate bill makes few material improvements to the deeply damaging House legislation, and might be worse overall. For the hospitals that protect millions of Americans and their communities—our essential hospitals—this bill might even accelerate decisions by some to reduce services or close their doors,” he said.
John Commins is a senior editor at HealthLeaders.