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WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined MSNBC's "For The Record with Greta" to discuss today’s vote on TrumpCare. Below are excerpts from the interview and a link to the video:
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“I’ve read the bill, but also very importantly, I’ve read the CBO report -- that is the independent congressional advisor on fiscal matters -- and they say premiums are going up 25 to 29% for the average policyholder. So, in any sense that what Trump represented as lower costs clearly is not going to happen in this bill. Furthermore, of course, he said everybody was going to have insurance. CBO says 24 million people are going to lose their insurance. So, from those standpoints, the TrumpCare bill did not accomplish what he promised.”
“…Republicans are going to rue the day when they voted for this bill. Now there are only 217 of them. It was a very close, razor thin margin. But I think there was a strong feeling on our side of the aisle that this vote is going to prove to be very, very harmful to the interests of Republicans in the Congress of the United States who support it because it is going to undermine health care. It is going to up prices. It is going to put a tax on those between 50 and 64, a very substantial one. And it is going to make health care less available. So, I think our feeling is this was a bad vote for Republicans.”