Trump Confident Senate Will Join House in Repealing US Health Law

Danny Woods
May 9, 2017

As such, it possible that this potentially devastating employer coverage loophole could be patched up, but there's simply no way to know for sure until the Senate produces a bill of its own.

Democrats are giddy about what could be severe political consequences for the GOP.

House Republicans say their Medicaid reforms would give states more flexibility.

Under the American Health Care Act, a 27-year-old earning that amount would pay $1,190, or about 6 percent of annual income. Coverage would be disrupted for millions nearly immediately, according to a Congressional Budget Office analysis of a previous iteration of the legislation.

In the House, 217 Republicans voted yes.

"I don't think anyone in the Senate is going to be bullied into artificial benchmarks or timelines", said Josh Holmes, a GOP consultant and former chief of staff to McConnell.

- Ed Royce - Southern California Rep. Ed Royce said he voted for the GOP health bill "to move the reform process forward", although he described it as "far from flawless". "This is going to come back to bite them".

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. Then there are those senators who are up for re-election in 2018.

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Rep. Ken Buck, a Republican, sits on the rules committee that heard debate on the bill and amendments.

As Republicans crossed over the vote threshold to pass the bill, Democrats in the House began singing 'Na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye, ' a rowdy suggestion that Republicans will lose seats in the 2018 congressional elections due to their vote.

No Democratic House members voted for the bill.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME, a moderate Republican whose vote will be critical in getting a bill to Trump's desk, voiced concerns about potential higher costs for older people and those with pre-existing conditions. Her open seat in Miami is considered a prime pick-up opportunity for Democrats.

There's no doubt big votes like this can have long-term effects when it comes to elections. The same report found that federal Medicaid subsidies to states, which run the programs, would be $880 billion less over 10 years because of the end of the expansion and other changes that would affect allocations even to states that chose not to expand. The television and online blitz is expected to seize on the more unpopular provisions in the GOP plan, which was opposed by the AARP, the American Medical Association, which represents doctors, and the American Hospital Association. It would allow states to seek waivers allowing them to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.

"I've already made clear that I don't support the House Bill as now constructed because I continue to have concerns that this Bill does not do enough to protect Ohio's Medicaid expansion population", said Republican Senator Rob Portman.

Some senators also appear to be unsure what the House voted on.

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