Republicans' Obamacare rollback would dump Medicaid expansion, taxes

President Donald Trump past year campaigned on a pledge to repeal Obama's Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, which had been the most sweeping change to the USA healthcare system since Medicare and Medicaid were created in the 1960s. "There were plenty of mistakes made with the [Affordable Care Act], there's no doubt about that", Tester said.

"We really are going to work with our delegation", she said, "because we have an opportunity in the Senate to substantially change this bill, and I think that's our hope". In addition to listing the 217 House members who passed the bill (all of whom are Republican), you can also see breakdowns based on categories like which "yes" votes came from representatives who were publicly undecided or unclear prior to the vote.

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.

The Republican bill would abolish most Obamacare taxes, including on medical devices, health insurance premiums, indoor tanning salons, prescription medications and high-cost employer-provided insurance known as "Cadillac" plans. Media Matters published a piece with the headline "The House Passed A Health Care Bill That Will Kill People".

He pointed out that the Senate has already signaled that they intend to "start from scratch" on the bill.

The bill as passed by the House moves in the opposite direction, but Mr. Trump presented it differently.

"We're seeing more and more insurers pull out of states and counties, we've got to do something to fix it".

The revised healthcare bill was immediately mired in controversy, as Democrats vowed to wage the upcoming 2018 midterms over the legacy of Obamacare and its expansion of coverage to millions of Americans. "Make no mistake about it", said President Trump at a celebration for the vote. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that an earlier version of the bill would leave about 14 million fewer people covered by Medicaid by 2026.

--Provides $8 billion over five years to help states finance their high-risk pools. It threatens to drive up out-of-pocket costs for most Americans and make others virtually uninsurable.

"To me, this is not a reform", said Michael Dowling, chief executive of Northwell Health, a large health system in NY. This is a repeal and replace of Obamacare.

It also required them to cover 10 essential health benefits such as maternity care and prescription drugs.

  • Carolyn Briggs