Eric Cantor explains all those other votes to repeal Obamacare

Frederick Owens
May 18, 2017

The Senate approved a spending bill averting a government shutdown that would have been disastrous for the party with a monopoly on power. And the job doesn't get any easier.

In this regard, this passage of this Trump-supported bill is similar to the passage of Obamacare, which Democratic leaders rammed through Congress in hyper-partisan fashion without the vote of a single Republican lawmaker. They did an impressive job of moving the bill toward their position, but what nearly all of them voted for Thursday was still considerably short of what their ideal bill would have been.

"For seven years the Republicans have been promising, 'If only you elect us, we'll repeal Obamacare, ' " Cruz said in a radio interview on Saturday.

There's certainly a process critique one can make about this bill.

Most troubling is that pre-existing conditions have no set parameters, with some insurers considering pre-existing conditions to be acne, anxiety, asthma, depression, sleep apnea, transsexualism and many others.

Low income families rely on Medicaid in schools to pay for speech, physical therapy and behavioral services. It's a longtime goal for many conservatives.

"We cannot allow people in this country to go with inadequate health insurance or with no health insurance, because no matter how old you are, something like this could happen to you", he said.

It will cut $880 billion from Medicaid, a social health program created to support those on low incomes.

That pushback has also created doubts in the minds of some GOP senators.

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While it's unclear what, if anything, will survive of the bill, the portion that deals with preexisting conditions is getting a lot of play on social media. The bill would block federal payments to Planned Parenthood for a year, considered a triumph by many anti-abortion Republicans. "You can't sugarcoat it", Cassidy told Fox News when explaining that "it's an very bad score". In a signing statement that accompanied the bill and that laid out his objections, Trump said he reserved the right to ignore the provision.

"It's nonsensical", Schumer said Sunday.

Now in a wheelchair, Schick's health care costs totaled $50,000 previous year.

One proposal from a Republican congressman may have swayed some undecided members in favor of the bill - the amendment would add $8 billion over five years to cover insurance for people with pre-existing conditions.

But the political battle over health-care reform is hardly over.

Meanwhile, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Chattanooga, told MSNBC on Thursday that the House version of the bill has "zero" chance of passing the Senate in its current form. Rand Paul of Kentucky, argue there's no choice. Under the new plan, it would be based on age. Multiple counties in Georgia are down to one health insurance option as well. That's likely because a permanent defunding would actually cost the federal government more money, according to the CBO, as some women who lose access to birth control would become pregnant, have babies and qualify for Medicaid.

The House had narrowly passed the American Health Care Act Thursday despite concerns by groups ranging from AARP to the Catholic Health Association of the United States.

Major medical and other groups, including the American Medical Association, opposed the House bill.

In the House, 217 Republicans voted yes.

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