White House: Trump to Remain 'Incredibly Engaged' Shepherding Health Care Through Senate

Angie Massey
May 9, 2017

It is also a view of the politics of the House vote that is shared by any number of Republicans. They include maternity care, outpatient care, doctor's visits, prescription drugs, mental health services, hospital visits, physical rehabilitation, lab testing, and pediatric care.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seems to not be backing a total re-write of the bill. Democratic challenger Katie Porter said in a statement the legislation would have a devastating impact on families in her district, adding that Walters "didn't care about how her plan would hurt her constituents".

All 14 California Republicans in Congress voted for the GOP's health care bill.

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

On Thursday, the US House of Representatives narrowly, 217 to 213, passed the bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA).

Trump delivered a victory speech from the Rose Garden yesterday, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and many Republican lawmakers. "But we do have a lot of poor and middle-class people that depend on the coverage of the Affordable Care Act that will be hurt by this".

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"We've basically enshrined the features of ObamaCare", said Biggs, who was one of 20 House Republicans who voted against it. With a pre-Easter recess deadline set for getting the bill passed, House Speaker Paul Ryan twice scheduled a vote that had to be cancelled for lack of enough votes to pass the bill.

While per-capita Medicaid spending rises with enrollment under the House plan, health experts warn it could create difficulties for states if they have to respond to a health crisis or account for new treatments that raise the average costs per person. Her open seat in Miami is considered a prime pick-up opportunity for Democrats.

Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff, who is trying to score a special election upset in a traditionally conservative House district, said he strongly opposes "discrimination" over pre-existing conditions in response to the vote.

The AHCA allows insurers in states that offer a high-risk pool option to charge people with pre-existing conditions more for insurance if the patients do not maintain continuous coverage. 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. Key provisions of the Republican bill have been judged negatively, including the new change that would let states apply for waivers to loosen the requirements for covering people with preexisting conditions.

In a Friday press briefing, Sanders expressed a sentiment also present at the prior day's celebration of House passage of the AHCA - that the this is just the first step in the process of repealing and replacing Obamacare.

Other reports by GizPress

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