House Republicans' health care bill could leave millions uninsured

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Democrats are also refusing to participate in any effort to dismantle Obama's law, while some Republican senators - Rob Portman of Ohio, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Cory Gardner of Colorado and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - object to cutting Medicaid.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME, a moderate Republican whose vote will be critical to getting a bill to President Trump's desk and who voiced similar concerns, said the Senate would not take up the House bill. Susan Collins (R-Maine) saying on ABC News' "This Week" that they'd be "starting from scratch" on a new measure. "We're going to draft our bill, and I'm convinced we will take the time to do it right", she said.

The bill's passage buoyed President Donald Trump, but the measure appeared headed for an overhaul in the Senate. Such a scenario would then force the House and Senate to work together to forge a compromise bill that both houses can support. We might focus on the fact that Republicans are rushing to pass it without having held a single hearing on it, without a score from the Congressional Budget Office that would tell us exactly what the effects would be, and before almost anyone has had a chance to even look at the bill's actual text - all this despite the fact that they are remaking one-sixth of the American economy and affecting all of our lives (and despite their long and ridiculous claims that the Affordable Care Act was "rammed through" Congress, when in fact it was debated for an entire year and was the subject of dozens of hearings and endless public discussion).

Eager to check off a top campaign promise, Mr Trump sought to pressure Senate Republicans on the issue on Sunday.

"Republican Senators will not let the American People down!", he wrote on Twitter. Mr Trump tweeted from his private golf course in central New Jersey.

Mr Trump has said the current system is failing as insurers pull out of markets, forcing costs and deductibles to rise.

With no likely Democratic support, it would take only three GOP "no" votes to defeat the proposal.

"I think it was a positive step of the House this week to reach an agreement and vote the repeal bill out", Cruz told Kudlow.

The House bill, passed 217-213, would end the health care law's fines on people who don't buy policies and erase its taxes on health industry businesses and higher-earning people. We might talk about how every major stakeholder group - the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, the AARP, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Heart Association, and on and on - all oppose the bill.

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Collins said she expected the Senate would come up with a "whole new fresh approach" to replacing the Affordable Care Act, enacted under President Barack Obama.

Senators have questioned aspects of the House bill, which would slash funding for Medicaid, the program that provides insurance for the poor, and roll back much of its expansion during the Obama administration.

Wisconsin schools received $187 million in Medicaid funding a year ago, with $86 million coming from state funds and $101 million in federal funding, McCarthy said.

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. According to a host of women's publications and an army of outraged tweeters, sexual assault and domestic abuse survivors could soon be forced to disclose their attacks to insurance companies, which could subsequently deny them health-insurance coverage because of it. McConnell will need 50 GOP votes to pass a bill, a tie Vice President Mike Pence could break. Some of the most vulnerable House Republicans voted in favor of the GOP health care plan on Thursday. "The Senate will complete the job".

He later added of Republican senators, "I think for one, they're taking a look at the House bill and they're seeing where they can fix it and improve and so I'm not sure how much the President's statements are impacting that process".

The only better alternative to the Affordable Care Act is a single-payer system, such as Medicare for all, which would put all Americans into the same giant insurance pool.

Some House lawmakers have been challenged by the public over the House vote. "They were celebrating the vote going forward because they feel like it allowed them to get an electoral advantage and, honestly, the Republicans who went to celebrate at the White House - I disagree with that approach".

Labrador responded: "That line is so indefensible".

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