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GOP Senators Won't 'Let The American People Down' On O'Care Repeal

20 Mai 2017

If the bill is passed in its current form in the Senate it would represent a major political victory for Trump and congressional Republicans and a devastating loss for millions of American who could be stripped of their coverage, including those with pre-existing medical conditions.

"We must prevent this cruel and risky bill from ever becoming law", Gillibrand said. "We're going to draft our bill, and I'm convinced we will take the time to do it right".

The American Health Care Act was voted on last week before it was scored and priced by the Congressional Budget Office - and before the full text of the bill had even been made public. Trump has said "Obamacare" is failing as insurers pull out of markets, forcing premiums and deductibles to rise. Democrats also refuse to back any effort to undo Obama's law, while some Senate Republicans - Rob Portman of Ohio, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Cory Gardner of Colorado and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - oppose the Medicaid cuts. It would dilute consumer-friendly insurance coverage requirements, like prohibiting higher premiums for customers with pre-existing medical conditions and watering down the subsidies that help consumers afford health insurance.

The ACA expanded Medicaid with extra payments to 31 states to cover more people.

While President Trump and House Republicans celebrated passage of their measure Thursday with a White House Rose Garden event, concerns were already mounting about dying momentum as the more deliberate Senate tries to craft its own ObamaCare replacement plan.

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The House bill, passed 217-213, would end the health care law's fines on people who don't buy policies and erase its taxes on health industry businesses and higher-earning people. It's still not clear how much this bill would cost or how effective it would be.

On "State of the Union" earlier Sunday morning, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price defended the cuts to Medicaid, saying they will give "states greater flexibility" under the bill.

Republicans have a 52-seat majority, meaning they can lose up to two senators, with Vice President Pence breaking a tie.

"That really hurts a state like ME, where we have an older population living in largely more expensive, rural areas, as far as health care is concerned", she said. The key of having a continuous coverage provision is to make sure that people stay covered and they move from one plan to the next if they want to.

"Republican senators will not let the American people down!" he tweeted from his home in central New Jersey, where he spent a long weekend. Unknown at this point, 18 months before the election, is how the health care vote could complicate that.

GOP Senators Won't 'Let The American People Down' On O'Care Repeal