As news hit this week that the Congressional Budget Office estimated the GOP’s Trumpcare proposal would leave millions without health care, California Democrats denounced it in what is becoming a Sacramento reflex.
As news hit that the Congressional Budget Office is estimating the GOP’s Trumpcare proposal would leave millions without health care, California Democrats denounced it in what is becoming a Sacramento reflex.
First up was the governor, who labeled it “harebrained:”
— Jerry Brown (@JerryBrownGov) March 13, 2017
Then the state Senate, on a party-line vote, passed a non-binding resolution by Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) demanding that Congress not repeal Obamacare unless its replacement guarantees Americans at least the same level of coverage. “A fraud is being perpetrated on the American people right now by this administration,” said state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco.)
Fellow Democrats cited a fresh analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which concluded that the GOP’s Trumpcare proposal would result in 14 million fewer Americans having health coverage in its first year—a number that over the next decade would grow to 24 million.
California’s Republican state senators countered that the current healthcare system isn’t working—that their constituents had seen their premiums and deductibles rise beyond affordability. Sen. Jeff Stone (R-Temecula) also derided his legislative colleagues for what he characterized as their “obsession with doing everything they can to poke this president in the eye.”