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Health care bill meets GOP skeptics in Senate

September 21 2017, 02:22 | Irvin Gilbert

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After the GOP-controlled House passed a Republican-drafted health care bill Thursday without waiting for an analysis of the bill's costs and impacts by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the White House is signaling that Washington's official legislative scorekeeper could be its next political foil. That is likely to lead to more frustration for President Donald Trump, who has already expressed disappointment in the slow-moving ways of Congress.

Another vocal opponent of the bill includes Republican Gov. John Kasich, who said the legislation "remains woefully short on the necessary resources to maintain health care for our nation's most vulnerable citizens".

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.

Asked about efforts to get the bill through the House, Sanders recounted that the President had been "incredibly engaged", calling or meeting with approximately 15-20 members of the House directly.

In the House bill, states could seek waivers so insurers don't have to charge people who see their insurance lapse the same if they have a pre-existing condition.

"I'm concerned about how this is going to affect people who find themselves in a very hard position", Kasich said on CNN's "State of the Union".

Critics have also pointed to Ryan's admonishment of Democrats in 2009 during their work on the Affordable Care Act.

It is said that the Senate will save House Republicans from the consequences of their craven heartlessness.

The vote resulted in 217 Republican lawmakers backing the GOP healthcare bill.

Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Upper Arlington, represents Athens County as part of the 15th district. In fact, they may not vote on the AHCA at all, with Senate Republicans already working to craft their own piece of legislation that is expected to be drastically different than the AHCA. Oh, and let us not forget that the bill eliminates tax increases on the rich and super-rich as well as on the health industry.

The Republicans' health care plan would freeze Medicaid expansion, cutting off funds for states adding new enrollees starting in 2020. On the other hand, Freedom Caucus members including Joe Walsh and Mo Brooks, Republican of Alabama, loudly asserted that the rich should not have to pay for heath-care coverage for poor people, and those "who live good lives" and are healthy should not have to contribute to insurance that covers people with expensive medical conditions.

NY officials estimate the GOP bill would lead to 2.7 million residents losing coverage and the state losing up to $6.9 billion in federal Medicaid money. "It was wholly unaffordable for both women and insurance companies", she said. "This bill isn't ideal, but it is a large step toward repairing the damage that has been done by the Affordable Care Act", said Buck. Anyone who has a gap in insurance coverage of more a month-say because they miss a deadline or their income temporarily changes-would lose eligibility. This is the second time in the past several weeks that House Republicans have tried to unite behind a new health care bill. "How are they going to cover this medical population that's left?"

"Thousands of Americans would die because they would no longer have access to care", said Senator Bernie Sanders.

It's just one more potentially dire effect of the GOP's massively unpopular health care bill.

Senators should make people and their well-being their priority, not small-government dogma and tax cuts for the wealthy.



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