"Is this the set of policies that the American people expected when Trump ran in 2016 on the repeal of Obamacare?" Duncan asked. "I believe they will feel betrayed. That is why the bill that the House Leadership has introduced, in its current form, is not one that I can support."
Duncan outlined his objections in an opinion piece published Wednesday by The Daily Signal, the conservative
Duncan wrote that he hopes ongoing negotiations can improve the legislation to reflect his belief that "government has no business being in health care or the health insurance business."
"This a defining moment in our rendezvous with destiny," he stated, "and we owe it to the American public to get it right."
Baptista said Wednesday that her main concern about the health reform bill is that it would leave more people without health insurance. A report earlier this week from the nonpartisan
The Republican measure would replace existing insurance subsidies with tax credits. Baptista said this approach won't benefit people who lack the money to pay the "upfront" costs for insurance. She said these people "most likely will have no option other than opt not to have coverage."
A reduction in the number of people with health insurance would have numerous consequences, Baptista said.
"If you have health coverage, you are going seek health care before is becomes an emergency," she said.
Baptista also said the bill could result in more people seeking care at her clinic, which already serves more than 1,600 patients.
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