Key provisions of the Republican bill have been judged negatively, including the new change that would let states apply for waivers to loosen the requirements for covering people with preexisting conditions. They rushed it to the floor before getting a score from the Congressional Budget Office.
The bill would leave 500,000 more Garden State residents without health insurance than under current law, and New Jersey no longer would get extra federal funding for expanding Medicaid. The logical course of action was to get something passed through the House and get it up to the Senate, where officeholders are relatively more collegial, more secure in their seats, and more comfortable taking their time to work the legislative process.
Republicans used to whine that Obamacare was passed without any Republican votes, but Obama and Democrats worked for a year trying to win GOP support before going it alone with a plan - based on one Republican Mitt Romney had devised for MA. The House Freedom Caucus might refuse to back a modified Senate version, returning the debate to the status quo ante.
Also joining Gillibrand was small business owner Steve DiMaio, who said he recently needed open heart surgery and is afraid he could be bankrupted again if the GOP health care bill becomes law and he needs surgery again. "Thank Paul Ryan and House Republicans for keeping their word and fighting for the health care we deserve".
"You'll have better healthcare at a lower cost", President Trump said during his weekly address.
In the House, 217 Republicans voted yes. "And I hope and pray that they are going to write a much bigger bill".
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Experts have cast doubt on such optimism, particularly regarding the impact the bill will have on people with pre-existing conditions.
The Vermont Medical Society (VMS) opposes yesterday's passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in the United States House of Representatives. Trump's base remains supportive of the president, but there's little dispute that the Democratic base is more energized than the Republican base. Health care premiums for seniors are sure to skyrocket.
McConnell plans to move forward under special procedures that allow legislation to pass with a simple majority vote, instead of the 60 usually required for major bills in the Senate.
It also affects company-provided insurance programs, freeing up employers to curb coverage for their workers. There is no mechanism in the AHCA, though, to make up for the lost revenue, according to the Los Angeles Times. The bill that was passed is a transparent act to use subsidies and Medicaid to pay for an enormous tax cut for the wealthy and, if passed by the Senate, would likely be a death sentence for the poor, disabled, elderly, injured, mentally ill and children - their constituents. Everywhere you looked, a sea of predominantly peach-colored faces was projecting unrestrained joy at the prospect of charging a woman more for insurance because she was pregnant or suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after a sexual assault. Because of the legislation's flat-fee, age-based structure of tax credits created to offset health insurance premium costs, older Americans are expected to receive far less in subsidies than they did under the ACA, meaning their share of premium payments will rise. "You don't have health insurance".
That brings the total of county residents with insurance under the ACA to more than 46,000, or more than one out of 10.
A recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that over 20 million Americans gained health coverage between the ACA's enactment in 2010 and 2016, dropping the uninsured rate from 16 percent to 8.8 percent.