Trump Voters Admit They're Terrified of the President's Obamacare Replacement

A panel discussion with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota Wednesday suggests Trump voters aren't just skeptical of the presiden't plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, some are genuinely terrified.


“I have bipolar disorder, it’s a pretty severe case,” Colleen England Byrd told Camerota. “And if he takes that away—Medicaid people, Medicare people, no medications, no doctors—it’s going to be like the zombie apocalypse, really running-through-the-streets crazy.”

Byrd was seduced by Trump's vague promise to replace Obamacare with "something much better for everybody," which sounds a lot like universal health care.

"What I've seen come off the block is not better," she lamented. "It's scary to me."

A woman identified only as Jackie, who also backed Trump in November, admitted she thought Trump was bluffing when he repeated this claim.

"He promised he was going to replace it with something better, and I just figured Congress isn't going to go along with him, so he's just saying something people want to hear," she explained. "I was wrong." 

USA Today/Suffolk University poll found approval of the Senate GOP health care plan was just 12 percent in late June. 

"I have loved ones that have chronic conditions that are functioning now because of the medications they're on and because of the medical care they receive, because I have health insurance," Jackie added. "I'm scared."

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