Democrats see a winning issue in opposing GOP health bill

Posted May 16, 2017

"So this is a rescue mission to make sure that we can achieve the goals we all want, which is getting the cost of coverage down and making sure that everyone has access to affordable health care, especially and including people with pre-existing conditions", Ryan said.

The health care bill narrowly approved by Republicans Thursday in the House is a disaster, not only for California but also for all 50 states.

But to allay the concerns of moderate Republicans, $8 billion was added to an insurance pool for high-risk patients who can't afford normal coverage for having pre-existing conditions.

The bill does not go far enough in repealing the disaster that is Obamacare, and the Senate will start its version from scratch. Because of the legislation's flat-fee, age-based structure of tax credits created to offset health insurance premium costs, older Americans are expected to receive far less in subsidies than they did under the ACA, meaning their share of premium payments will rise.

Meanwhile, Senate health committee chairman Lamar Alexander said in a statement that "the Senate will now finish work on our bill, but will take the time to get it right", echoing remarks made by majority whip John Cornyn, who said, "We're not under any deadline, so we're going to take our time".

"Today, it really kind of sunk in that not only are we not going to potentially have health care coverage but that it was done as a political win rather than a well-thought-out plan", said Martinez, a 32-year-old former chef who's studying social work.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME, however, says she's not so certain the House plan would protect people from higher costs.

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Though Ryan defended the House plan, he acknowledged that the Senate version is likely to differ significantly.

Democrats are also refusing to participate in any effort to dismantle Mr Obama's law, while some Republican senators object to cutting Medicaid, the federal-state health care programme for the poor and disabled.

"Even if you used all $138 billion that you all put in for high-risk pools, that would still cover only a fraction of those with preexisting conditions", Stephanopoulos said.

Organizations like Planned Parenthood which provide abortions would be barred from Medicaid funding, though abortions already can not be funded with federal money. Without pulling that off, any chance of improving even a little on Obamacare would be gone, maybe forever.

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The bill also has yet to receive an estimate on how much it will cost from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Joining Gillibrand at a news conference Sunday was Erin Schick, who was working on her master's degree at Columbia University when she came down with something.

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She spoke on ABC's "This Week".

US President Donald Trump says the new healthcare bill has brought his party together, but Democrats think it could bring them down.

Some senators have already voiced displeasure with the health care bill that cleared the House of Representatives last week, with Republicans providing all the Yes votes in the 217-213 count.

The Affordable Care Act does need an overhaul.

Democrats are positioning health care as the issue that will help them regain control of the House.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price says cutting almost $1 trillion from Medicaid would give states freedom to tailor the program to fit their needs.

Price says during appearances on two Sunday talk shows that Medicaid is fundamentally flawed.

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The CBO has yet to release an updated analysis of the latest version of the bill, which faces an uncertain outcome in the Senate.