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President Donald Trump nodded in agreement during a Wednesday interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson when told the American Health Care Act, the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, would cause the most damage to people who voted for him in November.
During the interview, Carlson mentioned an analysis by Bloomberg that showed that counties that voted more heavily for Trump in the election would see their tax credits to purchase insurance fall dramatically and likely see the number of people without insurance increase.
“Oh, I know. I know,” Trump responded. “It’s very preliminary, Tucker.”
According to the analysis, people in counties that voted for Trump would see $6.6 billion in annual tax cuts, while people living in counties that supported Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton would get a tax break of $21.9 billion.
Additionally, since the AHCA’s tax credits would be flat totals based on age instead of income and cost of living, some states would see a sharper decrease in their average premiums.
Based on an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the seven states in which Americans would see their tax credits decline the most are Alaska, North Carolina, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Alabama, Nebraska, and Wyoming. Each of those states voted for Trump. In fact, the 13 states that would see the steepest declines in tax credits all swung toward Trump in November.
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Despite the disproportionate effect the bill could have on his own voters, Trump said the bill would eventually pass. But he suggested changes to the existing version.
“A lot of things aren’t consistent,” Trump said. “But these are going to be negotiated.
“And by the way, if we’re not going to take care of the people, I’m not signing anything,” he added. “I’m not going to be doing it, just so you understand.”