WH: Senate Will Keep 'Principles and Main Pillars' of AHCA

Most vividly in their mini-statements during the floor debate, in interviews they gave and in statements they released, House Republicans nearly to a person refused to tout the AHCA as a good bill, an improvement over Obamacare. They will still be able to if the current bill becomes law. "Where they've solved problems we agree with, that makes it a lot easier for us".

There are likely many more twists and turns in the road ahead for the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.

The House bill was written by Republicans representing districts often drawn to incorporate strong majorities of GOP voters.

Congressman Mo Brooks, a Republican from Alabama, this week told CNN people who have lived "good lives", and therefore, in his mind, don't have pre-exising conditions, shouldn't have to pay more for those who do have pre-existing conditions.

"The Senate will now finish work on our bill, but we will take the time to get it right", he said. "There hasn't been any healthcare discussion over here", Grassley said.

With all democrats and 20 republicans opposing it, the bill passed Thursday by just four votes.

The bill has been strongly criticized because it would weaken protections for those with pre-existing conditions. "Obamacare didn't achieve that".

Moran said he's afraid Democrats won't budge on keeping Obamacare the same, but acknowledges the need for both parties to be involved. "It's going to be messy, but we're going to get there". Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

The measure would also water down the subsidies that help consumers afford health insurance, and it would cut Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor and disabled, including ending extra federal payments to 31 states that expanded Medicaid to cover more people.

"Don't know what's in it", Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) said before the vote. Under this bill, for instance, states can redefine the "essential" health benefits insurers must offer.

Would you be willing to tell the world your most private medical conditions? In 2013, millions discovered that the "keep your plan" promise was a lie - PolitiFact gave it the "Lie of the Year" award - when they started getting cancellation notices from their insurers. "I didn't think the bill went far enough in preserving and protecting those". Opponents contend it would strand as many as 24 million people without health coverage. That wing is led by Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, a doctor who worked for decades in a charity hospital, and Susan Collins of Maine. "This bill isn't ideal, but it is a large step toward repairing the damage that has been done by the Affordable Care Act", said Buck.

The GOP bill provides another $100 billion pot of money to help states, sick plan members and insurers pay medical costs. Senators have been meeting in small groups and discussing possible amendments.

Paul and Cruz, along with Florida Sen. That is why constituents need to push their senators to answer to the full dangers of Trumpcare now. It just stinks to not wait for a neutral expert analysis of the bill by the agency that the Congress created for that objective. This change could be particularly problematic for states that chose to accept Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, which extended eligibility to anyone making less than 138% of the federal poverty level (about $16,000 a year in 2017). That's something Trump promised during the campaign, but it could run into procedural objections and political resistance.


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