President Donald Trump on Tuesday blasted GOP leaders for a bill that would leave millions without health insurance, even though Republicans control the White House and Congress.
The GOP bill would cut Medicaid by $880 billion over 10 years and repeal the individual mandate, Trump said in a statement Tuesday.
Trump also said the bill was a “major step backward” on many fronts, including the GOP’s effort to cut Medicare by $2 trillion.
He added that it was “not acceptable” for the Republican Party to try to make the nation sicker, and called for a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) unveiled the bill last week, which included a provision that would phase out the ACA’s individual mandate beginning Jan. 1, 2019.
The bill is now being debated in the Senate.
Trump said in the statement that Republicans had a plan, and that the House would soon vote on it.
Trump said the House has to pass the bill to get it to Trump’s desk, but said he was open to working with the Senate on its version.
The president’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press on Tuesday.
The House bill would increase federal spending on Medicaid and Medicare by more than $800 billion over a decade, including $800 for states to spend on new programs.
It would also slash Medicaid by about $880 a person a year, or about $3,000 a family.
States would get a smaller cut than they currently receive under the ACA, but some Republican lawmakers want the cuts to go farther, particularly for older and poor people.
States and the Trump administration have said that the cuts could hurt people with preexisting conditions.
They have also said that a reduction in Medicaid could help with the costs of the bill, which they say is necessary to offset the savings.