GOP health bill spurs fears for people with pre-existing conditions

Posted May 08, 2017

Most of the taxes under Obamacare like those on medical devices, health insurance premiums, prescription medications and high-cost employer-provided insurance known as "Cadillac" plans will also go. If the Senate parliamentarian rules any of the bill's provisions out of order, it may allow Democrats to require a 60-vote threshold for passage. "Failure is not an option", No. 2 Senate leader John Cornyn, R-Texas, said earlier this year. "When we get 51 senators, we'll vote", said Sen.

The House bill was written by Republicans representing districts often drawn to incorporate strong majorities of GOP voters. Among the differences from President Barack Obama's plan, the new bill greatly strips coverage for maternity care, emergency services, and opens the door to denying coverage or raising rates on those with preexisting conditions.

Obamacare is "dead", said US President Donald Trump after the House of Representatives passed the Republicans' replacement healthcare bill by just four votes. "The Senate is starting from scratch".

Governors on both sides of the aisle are warily watching the Republican health care bill move through Congress, anxious over potentially significant cuts to Medicaid funding.

"At this time, I can not support the AHCA with the MacArthur amendment because I'm concerned that a small percentage of those with preexisting conditions may still not be protected", Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman, who sits in a district Clinton won, said in his statement explaining his decision.

"House Democrats visibly joyful after AHCA passes".

But Price insisted Sunday, "There are no cuts to the Medicaid program", adding that resources were being apportioned "in a way that allows states greater flexibility". Rob Portman are among those who've said they can not support the House bill in its current form.

"Trump and Republicans will own every preventable death, every untreated illness, and every bankruptcy that American families will be forced to bear if this bill becomes law and millions lose access to affordable health care", said Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, according to Daily Kos. It would dilute consumer-friendly insurance coverage requirements, like prohibiting higher premiums for customers with pre-existing medical conditions. That's on top of about $100 billion over a decade for states to help people afford coverage and stabilize insurance markets. The Republican who used to be considered an impressive wonk was, in essence, imploring members not to rationally think through the legislation they were about to pass.

And after the first attempt at repeal failed in an embarrassing fashion, House Republicans and President Trump badly needed a win.

Reuters reports that unlike House lawmakers, senators will be waiting for health care legislation to be scored by the Congressional Budget Office before they vote on it. Ryan said the House vote was one part of a "multistage process".

"That may prove to be one, if not the most hard votes of the tax reform process", Jonathan Traub, a managing principal at the consulting firm Deloitte Tax LLP. Now they get to watch the Senate do something completely different.