President Donald Trump says he’s aware the current version of the GOP’s health care bill could hurt the very people who helped put him in the White House.
The president acknowledged the findings of a recent Bloomberg report, which said working- and middle-class counties that voted for him in November would fare far worse under the new bill than affluent counties that supported Hillary Clinton.
“Yeah,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that aired Wednesday. “Oh, I know that.”
But he indicated that the bill was likely to go through further changes, calling it “very preliminary.”
As of now, the Trump administration’s plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would result in major tax cuts for wealthy individuals and families, while scrapping financial protections for many lower-income Americans ― including many of Trump’s Rust Belt supporters.
Carlson suggested that if the controversial bill were to fatten the wallets of wealthy Americans, it would be “inconsistent” with the message of Trump’s presidential campaign.
“A lot of things are inconsistent,” Trump said. “But these are going to be negotiated... We’ll see what happens in the Senate.”