Ideas Behind Health Care Policy Ignite Passions

Louis Holland
May 9, 2017

It's "Trumpcare" now, and Republicans have to answer for it.

Comer said in a statement he voted to repeal and replace The Affordable Care Act known as "Obamacare" claiming that Americans are paying more for fewer options and less access to care.

Democrats are giddy about what could be severe political consequences for the Republicans.

Several top Republicans in the senate have voiced skepticism of the House plan, which they say places too many costs on older, poorer Americans and would burden some states with high healthcare costs.

"Republican Senators will not let the American people down!" Chief among them: a guarantee of paying the same amount for coverage regardless of health history.

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An analysis of an earlier version of the bill by the Congressional Budget Office projected that the GOP plan would cost 24 million Americans their health insurance.

Ryan spoke with ABC's George Stephanopoulos about the health care legislation passed this week by the House and now before the Senate overhauling major aspects of Obamacare.

"Don't know what's in it", Senator Lindsey Graham said before the vote. The House bill halts the expansion, in addition to cutting federal spending on the program.

"The upside for Republicans is that they can return to their districts and tell G.O.P. voters that they acted on a campaign promise", said Nathan Gonzales, the editor of Inside Elections. So the health bill's passage could augur high-stakes spending and policy fights ahead.

But if this legislation is eventually enacted in its current form, the fallout won't come immediately or all at once.

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Fundraising surged nationwide as new recruits stepped up to challenge vulnerable Republicans who backed the plan. Sanders said the administration is not putting an "artificial timeline" on passing the bill through the Senate and reiterated that the President wanted to get the bill right. People who are lower income, have preexisting conditions or are older find themselves disproportionately without health coverage and go without needed care. "What they care about is that we are absolutely addressing this opioid crisis in the most aggressive and effective manner possible". Last summer, the speaker and his fellow House leaders released their own outline of an ideal Obamacare replacement as part of their Better Way series of white papers. In that Tea Party wave, 63 House Democrats lost their seats. Flanked by Republican members of the House, the President said he was "confident" the Senate would also vote to repeal Obamacare.

That might seem self-evident, as it's exactly what Republicans have been saying the past six years.

Experts have cast doubt on such optimism, particularly regarding the impact the bill will have on people with pre-existing conditions. The television and online blitz is expected to seize on the more unpopular provisions in the GOP plan, which was opposed by the AARP, the American Medical Association, which represents doctors, and the American Hospital Association.

About 2.2 million people in the individual insurance market have some sort of pre-existing chronic condition, according to Avalere.

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