US House passes bill to repeal Obamacare
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 06, 2017,
May 06, 2017, 20:27
The bill would also repeal the Obamacare financial penalty for the 2016 tax year for not purchasing insurance, as well as a surtax on investment income earned by upper-income Americans.
He hosted House members who supported the bill at a Rose Garden celebration.
In March, Portman joined three other GOP senators in opposing Medicaid cuts in an early version of the House legislation.
And questions still remain about how the "incredibly well crafted" healthcare bill passed by House Republicans will affect some of America's most vulnerable people. Another possible outcome: If the pool of money is used to pay insurance companies for the difference in costs for patients with preexisting conditions, there may be little incentive for companies to keep their prices low; the difference would be made up by USA taxpayers.
"I've never, ever seen any kind of engagement like this", House Speaker Paul Ryan said of the level of involvement Trump and Pence brought to the health care negotiations. This is really nearly, I would say, a welcome debate. These disastrous policies will hurt all of us, not just those covered by the insurances exchanges.
The Republican plan would maintain some of Obamacare's most popular provisions.
He there's no stopping the GOP agenda now, promising that a tax reform plan is next. That was on top of $130 billion already in the bill for states to help customers, though critics said those amounts were insufficient.
Pro-life advocates praised the bills elimination of funding for Planned Parenthood. But with Trump in the White House, this was the first time they had pushed through legislation that, if it clears the Senate, actually has a chance to become law.
"Congress' well-founded concern that Planned Parenthood and its affiliates are engaged in a pattern of deceptive practices created to maximize their bottom-line revenue should be enough reason to end the public largesse on their behalf, even apart from the fact that they destroy a third of a million human lives every year and have been involved in numerous other scandals".
Indeed, despite assurances by GOP leaders that their legislation would rescue a failing health care system, it was opposed by almost all medical and consumer groups, from the American Medical Association to AARP.
The American Medical Association, which represents doctors, had opposed the bill.
The House bill is expected to undergo major changes in the Senate, where it will be subject to unlimited amendments and could be introduced in a different form than it has taken in the lower chamber.
"The new variable is President Trump", said Representative Dave Brat, a Republican from Virginia who is also a part of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.
Susan B. Anthony List chief Marjorie Dannenfelser said: "As the vice president said last night at our annual gala, the legislation passed by the House today does two important things". About half of Obamacare enrollees obtained insurance through the expansion.
She urged the Senate "to keep these non-negotiable provisions and quickly advance this bill to the president's desk".
Almost every major medical group was strongly opposed to the Republican bill.
Current law requires insurers to offer coverage to everyone and says they can't charge people more if they have a pre-existing condition. Two other libertarian-minded conservatives, Reps. After entrusting the GOP with authority to lead the country based upon their campaign promises, the House GOP has made good on turning promises into policy. They were supported by Democrats, who say the GOP reneged on a deal to fund a block grant program for schools in exchange for earlier votes on the gas tax bill.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said he wants to see the Senate move on the bill.
"What I can guarantee is that more Americans will be helped by this plan than Obamacare has helped", he said.
Using special rules, the Senate could pass its version of the bill with just 50 votes and rely on Vice President Mike Pence to break a tie.
"It's going to be a Senate bill, so, we'll look at it", said Sen. "Most people got something that they needed to fix what their problem was with it".
"Coloradans can blame this vote for leaving a $14 billion crater in our state budget over the next 10 years", said Adam Fox, with the left-leaning Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, in a statement. Obamacare is doing real harm to California's families and struggling businesses, and constituents are counting on me to deliver real relief.