Democrats have slammed President Donald Trump for passing a bill that cuts funding for more than 1 million health care programs and funds an unpopular new health care law that they say is not supported by the American people.
The White House issued a statement Thursday saying that it would not veto the Republican-authored bill, which was passed in a last-minute effort to make a deal on a $1.6 trillion tax cut.
The statement comes after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Thursday that the Senate would vote on the measure next week.
The Senate will now be able to pass a budget resolution that provides for funding for Obamacare subsidies and the American Health Care Act.
That would be critical to the Senate’s ability to pass legislation that the House passed this week, a Democratic aide told The Hill.
Schumer said the bill will cut federal funding for programs that provide health care to low-income Americans.
The administration’s statement, released hours after the Senate vote, said that the bill would allow states to decide whether to offer Medicaid, the health care program for the poor, to all adults over the age of 60, who otherwise would be excluded.
The bill “does not take care of the people who need it the most,” the White House said.
“We cannot afford to let those with pre-existing conditions die unnecessarily or unnecessarily through the enactment of a health care plan that does not take into account the many people who already have insurance.”
The bill also would end the Affordable Care Act’s tax on medical devices, a requirement that helps pay for the cost of health care.
The measure also would eliminate the Medicaid expansion that President Donald J. Trump signed into law to provide health insurance to low income Americans.
Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D, Ill.) said in a statement that the Republicans’ bill “has no chance of passing in the Senate, but instead is a gift to the insurance companies who are the real beneficiaries.”
Durbine, who voted against the Senate bill last year, said in the statement that “Americans deserve better from the Republican Party.”
Trump has said that he supported the health insurance subsidies in the Affordable Health Care Reform Act, or Obamacare, to ensure that the poor and working class would have access to affordable health care coverage.
The GOP plan was opposed by Democrats who were furious that they were forced to take a tax cut in exchange for the billions in health care funding.
Democrats have pointed to the fact that the plan would allow insurance companies to sell their skimpy plans in exchange to the government for up to 20 percent of the premium, which is currently $200 per month for an individual.
Schumer has said in recent days that the Democratic plan would “create chaos and uncertainty” for insurers.
The American Health Act, which also includes subsidies for children up to age 26, has faced widespread criticism from health care experts who say it would make coverage less affordable for millions of Americans and is designed to encourage the use of health insurance for high-cost conditions.
The House bill, on the other hand, is a major overhaul of the nation’s health care system.
The Republican bill, however, has been widely praised by many in the health industry, including the American Medical Association.