Tennessee House Republicans Resolve Differences Over State Spending Plan

"Today's vote is just a step in the legislative process for this bill - not the end of it", Curbelo said in a taped statement. The presiding officer of the Senate - a Republican - could ignore the Byrd Rule and still put the AHCA to a Senate vote even if provisions violate it, but many people think that's unlikely.

The health care bill now moves to the Senate, raising the question: Will Trump get another chance to celebrate?

Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) admitted he wasn't aware of some of the cuts in the GOP health care bill he voted for Thursday. As of Wednesday night, an amendment included in the bill would allow states to waive certain Obamacare requirements, including coverage for pre-existing conditions, maternity care and mental health care. The legislation could become a major issue for vulnerable House Republicans in divided districts, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has already threatened they will "glow in the dark" over their vote. The original proposal initially left numerous ACA's insurance regulations alone - with the goal of ensuring it would pass muster with the Senate parliamentarian - but not all of them.

As giddy Republicans clapped when they got the necessary 216 votes to pass the bill effectively replacing Obamacare, members of the Democratic party broke out into: "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye", singing to the conservatives in the room.

Obama defends his popular plan for American insurers.

Trump's comments came during a photo-op with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, mere minutes after Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal and replace former president Barack Obama's signature health care law.

In their annual report on the state of Medicare, the program's trustees announce that, mainly because it rolls back taxes on high-income households that fund the program, the AHCA will accelerate the depletion of Medicare's Hospital Insurance Trust Fund as less revenue comes in.

Republicans also disregarded the absence of a final cost estimate from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office - Congress's official scorekeeper - on how much the bill would cost and how many people would receive (or lose) health-care coverage. They argued that their health-care bill is only several hundred pages long, compared with the size of the Affordable Care Act, which ran several thousand pages.

The new Republican plan would let some states allow insurers to charge higher premiums for people with pre-existing conditions, but only if those people had a lapse in insurance coverage. "We have a Republican in the White House and control of both chambers of Congress yet this legislation fails to include key conservative reforms Republicans have long-advocated".

"I was diagnosed w Leukemia @ age 3 & have been in remission for 12 yrs but apparently I don't live the "right way" #IAmAPreexistingCondition", Eliana Espinosa wrote. Just this week, $8 billion over five years was added to the pot to woo wavering lawmakers, with the idea that the additional funds could be used for so-called high-risk pools.

"We don't want to give up on this", McConnell said.

"I'm also anxious about those moving toward the exchange, that the subsidies on the exchanges continue in a fashion that gives people a solution whenever they are in that mid-rage above the poverty level, but not making enough to afford health insurance".

All 217 "Yes" votes came from Republicans, with 20 Republicans voting against the bill. "Like a zombie. Even more scary than before".

Ever since the enactment of the ACA - sometimes called Obamacare - in 2010, Republicans have pushed to repeal the law, the largest expansion of health care in 50 years. The law requires insurers to accept all applicants, cover a specific list of conditions and charge the same rates regardless of pre-existing conditions or sex.

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