A look at the House Republican health care bill
- Author: Leroy Wright May 06, 2017,
May 06, 2017, 17:43
Although there was still a number of moderate Republicans who rejected the new plan, enough tweaks were made to allow some of them to join what eventually proved to be a slight 217-213 majority.
In a meeting with President Trump Tuesday, Upton said he told the him "in no uncertain terms" that he would only vote for the bill if it maintained coverage for pre-existing conditions. "Obamacare is falling apart and has saddled the American people with rising costs, less choice, and skyrocketing premiums", she said.
"The voters of the 4th District sent me to Congress to find solutions to complex issues facing our country", Estes said in the statement.
The GOP bill would allow insurance companies to charge older customers up to five times more than younger customers - up from a maximum 3-to-1 ratio under the current health law. Bob Corker said he "turned the volume off some time ago" and has no idea "what the House is even passing". "We are going to get this passed through the Senate".
Meanwhile, Democrats warned that repealing and replacing ObamaCare will leave Americans worse off.
The plan would also repeal Obamacare's subsidies that helped people buy insurance and replace them with less generous tax credits based on age.
It is dead. It is essentially dead. "We're going to finish it off and we're going to go on to a lot of other things". At a minimum, federal dollars can come with strings requiring states to stop wasting so much "health care" spending on lawyers.
The Wall Street Journal looks at how the health care system would be affected in the unlikely event that the Senate passes the House bill as is. One of those Americans with a pre-existing condition, who also happens to be a U.S. Army veteran who lost both his legs in Kandahar, spoke in favor of the bill and denounced the Democrats' history of bold-faced lies.
"Today, I voted to repeal and replace Obamacare with a health care bill that ends Washington's failed one-size-fits-all approach to health care, which has left Americans paying more every year for fewer options and with less access to care".
An earlier version of the Republican plan collapsed in March when party moderates and conservatives refused to get on board - dealing Trump one of his most stinging setbacks since he took office. What will the Senate change as it rewrites the legislation?
Shulkin, a former health care administrator who was confirmed as secretary in February, praised the health care bill as good for veterans, saying the legislation's goal is to "make health care more affordable and accessible".
According to the Associated Press, GOP leaders added a modest pool of money to help people with pre-existing medical conditions afford coverage, a concern that caused a near-fatal rebellion among Republicans in recent days.