President Donald Trump took time out of his last-minute negotiations on the American Healthcare Act, the bill by Republican leaders to repeal and replace Obamacare, to send a video message urging the public to show their support. to the bill.
In a video message tweeted Thursday morning, Trump listed the places where Obamacare, officially known as the Affordable Care Act, fell short.
“Americans were told that Obamacare would cut prices and increase options. They were told they could stick with their plan and keep their doctor,” Trump said in the video. “They gave you many, many false stories. The fact is, they gave you many, many lies.”
The Congressional Budget Office estimated that 24 million people would lose their health care coverage over the next 10 years under the AHCA. Also, premiums would rise for the next two years before falling.
The House vote is expected on Thursday and, according to statements by Republican lawmakers, it could be a close decision. In the video, Trump urged Americans to call their representative to ask them to vote for the AHCA.
“Go with our plan, it’s going to be fantastic, it’s going to be very, very happy,” Trump said. “Call your local representative, call your senator, let them know you are behind our plan.”
The conservative House Freedom Caucus says it has enough Republican lawmakers who will vote “no” on the bill to block it, but Trump has entered into last-minute negotiations with the group to try to save the bill.
See the full video message below:
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