john carney

With thousands in Delaware slated to lose heath care if the Republican-crafted attempt at an American Care Act replacement passes, Gov. John Carney attacked it as "unacceptable."

“The Senate Republican healthcare bill would lead to thousands of Delawareans losing their health insurance and cause premiums to rise dramatically for older Delawareans," Carney said. "It would force the state’s Medicaid program to reduce or eliminate coverage for vulnerable populations--like those suffering from addiction."

He said the bill would only force people out of the doctor's office and into the emergency room. 

"Delawareans who can no longer afford health insurance under the Senate bill will delay needed care, and wind up in emergency rooms. This bill would simply shift healthcare costs onto the most vulnerable among us, and onto state budgets. That is unacceptable.”

Democrats, as a party whole, are seeking to capitalize on what they believe is growing public sentiment that President Donald Trump is turning his back on the people who got him elected in favor of his wealthy peers, labeling the proposed Senate plan as "wealthcare" for their springboard. 

The left hopes that pitch will pack extra oomph at a time when even some Republican party members are raising concerns that the GOP health care plan could hurt the poor when 22 million more people than those under the current law become uninsured. Democrats believe Trump could be vulnerable by the combination of seeking tax cuts that would largely benefit the wealthy while pushing an unpopular health care bill.

Utah Sen. Mike Lee on Tuesday became the fifth Republican senator to oppose starting debate on the GOP health care bill, dealing another blow to party leaders who hoped to push the measure through the Senate this week. Lee was among four conservative senators who announced last week they oppose the bill's current version, and said through a spokesperson he would not vote for a crucial procedural motion allowing the Senate to begin debate on the legislation, unless it's changed.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can lose the votes of only two of the 52 Republican senators to begin debate and ultimately pass the bill. All Democrats oppose it. Nevertheless, House Speaker Paul Ryan said he has faith in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's ability to round up the votes for the Republican health care bill despite growing opposition in the Senate.

"I would not bet against Mitch McConnell," Ryan said, adding that every Republican senator campaigned on repealing and replacing Obama's law.

The Wisconsin Republican said he has every expectation that the Senate will move ahead on the bill, which the Congressional Budget Office says would kick 22 million off the insurance rolls. The bill would cut taxes, reduce the deficit, and phase out the Medicaid expansion implemented by Barack Obama's health law.

A recent Democrat-commissioned poll showed a significant shift in the last two months in the number of people who believe Trump sides with the wealthy and big corporations over average Americans. The White House dismisses the findings.

 --- 

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report