Could The Health Care Vote Cost Republicans The House Majority?

Posted May 19, 2017

The bill, as it stands now, would allow states to let insurers charge people with preexisting conditions higher premiums.

The spot directs viewers to call a number that connects to the Capitol switchboard. The bill, which seeks to replace Obamacare, now heads to Senate.

The House narrowly passed a revised version of the GOP health care plan Thursday - just over a month after Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, canceled the initial vote due to lagging support.

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said Sunday that he and fellow Democrats acknowledge problems with ObamaCare and that's they be willing to help revise the 2010 health care law. "It would cut Medicaid by $840 billion, and substantially increase premiums on older Americans", said Senator Bernie Sanders.

Wrangling now shifts to the Senate, where Republicans, who hold a slim majority there, say they are readying their own health care measure. - It would erase tax increases Obamacare put on higher-earning people and the health industry.

"There are a bunch of things Republicans want to do, but can't in reconciliation", said Dr. Tevi Troy, CEO of the American Health Policy Institute.

In a celebration at the White House after the vote, President Trump declared that Obamacare was dead. President Donald Trump has pressed for this option, which would enable passing bills with a simple majority. Because the new bill also dismantles a mandate detailing essential benefits that must be covered, many could end up with much less comprehensive coverage, which may not cover all of their expenses.

But even with changes, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y/) says Democrats will vote it down.

Collins was critical of the bill because she believed there were too many unknowns, noting that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) still hadn't provided an analysis of the new bill, and she added that she would be troubled by a bill that defunds Planned Parenthood. - The bill would cut Medicaid program for some low-income people and would allow states to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients. The insurance giant Humana, for example, the sole provider on the exchange in the Knoxville area, has announced it will exit the market in 2018, leaving 40,000 people who buy insurance on the exchange with zero health insurance options next year.

Critics of the GOP bill - titled the American Health Care Act - argue those with pre-existing conditions are the most at risk. "You will have the opportunity to enroll in some type of health insurance, but your premiums are going to most likely be such that you simply can not pay for it", she says.