GOP governor: House health care bill needs work
- Author: Leroy Wright May 06, 2017,
May 06, 2017, 12:47
Set aside for the moment were the feuds and philosophical divides that almost sank the bill time and again. Senators represent entire states, and many tend to reflect more pragmatic views than their House colleagues.
In an analysis released on Thursday, healthcare consultancy and research firm Avalere Health said the Republican Bill would cover only 5% of enrollees with pre-existing conditions in the individual insurance markets.
Media outlets offer a look at what actually is in the legislation. Twenty Republicans bolted from their leadership to vote no.
"We must manage expectations and remain focused on the art of the doable as we move forward", said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, among several cautionary statements issued by Senate Republicans after the House vote.
The Republican Bill, known formally as the American Health Care Act, aims to repeal most Obamacare taxes, including a penalty for not buying health insurance. The bill is created to end Medicaid as an open-ended entitlement by putting per capita caps on federal funding, meaning the federal government would pay states a set amount for each enrollee. The legislation would rework subsidies for private insurance, limit federal spending on Medicaid for low-income people and cut taxes on upper-income individuals used to finance Obama's overhaul. "It allows states to request waivers if they would like, so that they can establish programs to bring costs down", Renacci told us.
We're just see-sawing back and forth between partisan extremes as Republicans and Democrats take turns being in charge.
The Congressional Budget Office estimated in March that the GOP bill would end coverage for 24 million people over a decade.
The 217-213 vote marked his first legislative victory and goes some way to keeping a key campaign promise to roll back his predecessor's law.
The bill would let you stay on your parents' insurance until your 26. MI is one of those states. "2018!" as Republicans boarded buses outside the Capitol to head to the White House.
As Republicans crossed over the vote threshold to pass the bill, Democrats in the House began singing "Na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye", a rowdy suggestion that Republicans will lose seats in the 2018 congressional elections due to their vote.
Although the vote brings Republicans a step closer to fulfilling the singular campaign pledge that has united the party in recent years - and helped Trump win the White House - the bill will nearly certainly need substantial revisions if it is to pass the Senate. 20 Republicans voted against it. House Speaker Paul Ryan intentionally set the threshold for passage over the 216 mark so that no Republican could be hurt in mid-term elections for being the deciding vote. "You will glow in the dark" from the toxic effect of the vote.
In an editorial in Friday's Washington Post, House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash, said high-risk pools and other programs to reimburse medical costs for sick plan members "have been successful in the past". This would include people with pre-existing medical conditions. The final change, agreed to just Wednesday at the White House, was to add $8 billion over five years to help people with pre-existing conditions, a sum critics called a relative pittance.