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

Alvin Kelly
May 20, 2017

The American Action Network is going up with a $500,000 buy that touts the health plan, known as the American Health Care Act, and thanks Ryan and Republicans who supported the measure in its narrow passage out of the House last week.

President Donald Trump talks with House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, May 4, 2017, after the House pushed through a health care bill. MacArthur wrote an amendment that satisfied some lawmaker's concerns about how the bill would treat people with pre-existing medical conditions.

Speaking at a news conference Sunday in Manhattan, where she was joined by health care advocates and New Yorkers fighting long-term illnesses, Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) pressed her Republican colleagues to oppose the GOP health care replacement plan that was approved by House members in a 217-213 vote Thursday. "The Senate is starting from scratch".

"We're going to draft our own bill and I'm convinced that we're going to take the time to do it right", she said.

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

Collins expressed some concerns about the House bill.

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. Republican Whip John Cornyn said this week.

Is everyone covered, or will 24 million people be losing health care coverage, as has been feared?

Collins, a moderate, said one of the major goals is to ensure that people with pre-existing medical conditions continue to have the same or better coverage.

The House bill "will be modified here if for no other reason than the rules, the reconciliation rules, would require it", Sen. The American Hospital Association said the bill would destroy Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance program for the poor that expanded under the Affordable Care Act.

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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. "There are increases in spending, but what we're doing is apportioning it in a way that allows states greater flexibility".

Gov. John Kasich of OH questioned what would happen to the mentally ill, drug addicts and people with chronic illnesses under the changes proposed for Medicaid. He added that people who will be impacted by the bill will be "living in the emergency rooms again".

"We don't anticipate any Democratic help at all, so it will be a simple majority vote situation", McConnell said Saturday, referring to special budget rules that prevent Democrats from filibustering the legislation by passing the bill.

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

"But most importantly, it's us trying to fix a real problem that real people are experiencing in this country". "The Senate will complete the job".

"How do we think that the mentally ill have the ability to pay the deductible on an insurance policy that they have that they can buy for $3,000?" he said.

On Sunday, he urged Republican senators to not fail the American people.

"It's up to the Senate to make improvements if they're to be made", he said.

Labrador responded: "That line is so indefensible". Unknown at this point, 18 months before the election, is how the health care vote could complicate that. The comment traveled quickly on social media. Collins and Ryan appeared on ABC's "This Week" and Mulvaney appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation".

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