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Democratic senator declares: ‘Obamacare is not hurting people’


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Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen (Md.) told CNN’s “New Day” host Alisyn Camerota on Monday that former President Barack Obama’s signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act, is not hurting people — but President Donald Trump’s health care plan would.

Van Hollen, a member of the Appropriations Committee and current chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, was responding to Trump’s Monday morning remarks about Obamacare.


“If ObamaCare is hurting people, & it is,” Trump tweeted. “[W]hy shouldn’t it hurt the insurance companies & why should Congress not be paying what public pays?”

If ObamaCare is hurting people, & it is, why shouldn't it hurt the insurance companies & why should Congress not be paying what public pays?


When asked about Trump’s comments, Van Hollen rejected the premise that Obamacare is hurting anyone and insisted it was the GOP replacement plan that would have hurt Americans.

“Well, first of all, Obamacare is not hurting people. In fact, what would have really hurt people was if we passed Trumpcare,” Van Hollen told Camerota. “We know from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office that it would have thrown tens of millions of Americans off of affordable care.”

Camerota challenged his response, reminding him that Obamacare is not entirely popular, saying that many Americans have “grave reservations” about the direction it is going.

“Nobody has said it’s perfect. We’ve said from the very beginning we need to improve the exchanges,” Van Hollen continued. “The first order of business is for the president to stop trying to sabotage the exchanges. There are a couple things that are totally within the power of the Trump administration.”


I don't think it's Trump who's "sabotaging" them...


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