House GOP repeats Obamacare mistake
- Author: Leroy Wright May 06, 2017,
May 06, 2017, 20:42
By just a handful of votes, a bill repealing parts of Obamacare and replacing it with a Republican plan passed through the House of Representatives on Thursday. "We've had them before the Affordable Care Act, we'll have them after the repeal and replace bill, but it will bring down premiums", said GOP Maryland Congressman Andy Harris.
But despite holding the White House and controlling both houses of Congress, Republicans have found overturning Obamacare politically perilous, partly because of voter fears, loudly expressed at constituents' town-hall meetings, that many people would lose their health insurance as a result. "We're going to get this passed through the Senate".
"If victorious, Republicans will be having a big press conference at the attractive Rose Garden of the White House immediately after vote!" Do you support or oppose them?
Several Republican senators are opposed to the current version of the AHCA, and passing legislation based on that bill would be hard in the upper chamber.
But the House measure faces profound uncertainty in the Senate, where a handful of Republican senators immediately rejected it, signalling that they would start work on a new version of the bill virtually from scratch. In turn, multi-state companies can choose to enact benefits from whichever state they choose. Vice President, acting as the Senate Speaker, would cast a vote in the event of a tie.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said there should be "no barrier for coverage" for people with pre-existing conditions, and she called for high subsidies to reflect regional differences in health costs.
Douglas Holtz-Eakin, the CBO head under George W. Bush, said he didn't expect the new score to differ much from that given to the original bill, which was pulled ahead of a vote.
The bill is expected to undergo major changes, with some Senate Republicans saying they will not vote on the House-passed bill but will write their own legislation.
Under the latest version of the House bill, all 50 USA states will be allowed to apply for waivers from key Obamacare provisions and set their own standards. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, according to ABC News. Social media users on Thursday quickly encouraged Toomey to "vote no" on the plan, while the demonstration group Tuesdays with Toomey organized a "Tell Pat Toomey: Vote NO on the AHCA!" event.
"They have this vote tattooed on them".
Minority leader Nancy Pelosi made a statement after the vote, stating her colleagues had no intention on breaking into song.
Health insurers, such as Anthem Inc, UnitedHealth Group, Aetna and Cigna Corp, have faced months of uncertainty over health-care's future.