Congressman Comer on Voting for American Health Care Act

Flanked by Republican members of the House, the President said he was "confident" the Senate would also vote to repeal Obamacare. "We're going to get this finished".

Republicans also could have seen the attack on the optics coming, given that House Republicans received flack on Thursday during their very white and mostly male celebratory photo-op in the White House Rose Garden. Either option would limit federal responsibility, shifting that burden to the states. During a Fox & Friends interview on Friday, Price suggested it's only natural people who have a certain "health status" pay more.

"I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to get the American Health Care Act to President Trump's desk for his signature so we can build a health care system that puts patients first".

"Not only would this jeopardize insurance availability for the one-third of Americans who have preexisting conditions", said DeGette, "it would let insurance companies deny coverage altogether for maternity, for emergency room, for mental health, and for other essential benefits".

The CBO estimated that under the first bill, 24 million more Americans would be uninsured by 2026, while premiums for individual plans would jump 15 to 20 percent over two years.

Some reports have them pre-gaming before the vote, getting pumped up by listening to "Takin' Care of Business" and the theme from "Rocky".

Now that the Republicans' bill has passed the House, the GOP's effort to repeal and replace Obamacare faces fresh hurdles in the Senate as lawmakers there plan to write their own version on their own time. It will probably be modified there, where moderate Republicans are expected to balk at the bill's Medicaid roll-backs and where Democrats believe the bill will run into trouble with Senate budget rules.

Well-aware of the predicament, Democrats present in the House began singing "Na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye", - a suggestion that their opponents are set to lose seats in next year's re-election as a result of the repeal.

In his favored medium of Twitter, Trump called the vote "a great day for America".

The GOP health care plan is causing concern among people with pre-existing conditions.

Democrats, including Ryan, D-13th, said the bill would kick millions off coverage and greatly increase premiums for many with pre-existing conditions.

Who would have thought a Trump-approved healthcare bill would make his wallet a little healthier?

"The awesome thing is, I really don't think Republicans writ large believe in what they just passed", HuffPost congressional reporter Matt Fuller says in a new episode of the "Candidate Confessional" podcast.

  • Larry Hoffman