Trump counters media narrative with ‘victims’ of Obamacare

Trump counters media narrative with ‘victims’ of Obamacare

President Donald Trump is angry at all the news coverage about the people who stand to be hurt because of the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

“The press is making it look so wonderful,” Trump complained Monday at an event at the White House arranged to counter the usual media narrative — a listening session with “victims” of the ACA, or Obamacare.

Open a newspaper and you can read all about it. The Congressional Budget Office predicted that in just one year, 14 million fewer people likely would be insured if the GOP’s American Health Care Act becomes law. There is little mention of CBO’s past faulty predictions. In 2010, it said there would be 21 million Americans buying policies through Affordable Care Act exchanges by 2016. The actual number was 11.5 million.

There also is scant mention of the Americans who stand to lose coverage as health care providers drop out of the individual market or who pay their premiums but don’t see doctors because their plans’ high deductibles are prohibitive. There is little mention of the 6.5million Americans who preferred to pay a penalty last year rather than purchase their own policies.

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