In a rare moment of unity, hospitals, doctors, health insurers and some consumer groups are urging significant changes, at minimum, to the Republican health-care bill that passed the House on Thursday, writes the New York Times.
Ultimate success is far from assured since the measure must still make its way through a highly skeptical Senate. Because the new bill also dismantles a mandate detailing essential benefits that must be covered, many could end up with much less comprehensive coverage, which may not cover all of their expenses. All Democrats voted against the bill on the House floor, while 20 Republicans voted no. But while the House vote resurrected that option, which appeared moribund after a failed effort in March, there were suggestions that it could actually delay tax reform.
The change helped get the bill through the House of Representatives in a tight vote today, but experts say it may make little difference in the hunt for affordable coverage for these patients.
However, the American Health Care Act – which comes in the wake of a failed effort to “repeal and replace Obamacare” in March – must still be approved by the Senate, which is nearly certain to make changes.
Following the passing of the GOP’s American Health Care Act, which still needs Senate approval to become law, Democrats and Sanders took to Twitter and the airwaves to condemn it in the gravest terms. “What kind of health care bill are we talking about when you throw 24 million people off health insurance, substantially raised premiums for older workers, defund Planned Parenthood?” It is beyond sad that this is what passes for a “win” for President Donald Trump and the Republican majority in Congress.
President Donald Trump and GOP lawmakers promised they would repeal and propose a better health care solution than the Affordable Care Act.
Under the AHCA, which Lynch voted against, federal subsidies for insurance would be replaced by tax credits as the principal way to reduce the cost of health care.
That means the Senate will likely vote on its own newly written bill, rather than a revamped version of the House’s bill.
One of the biggest concerns about this re-drafted version of the American Health Care Act is that its fiscal impact hasn’t yet been assessed by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
But trying to undo Obamacare’s most popular provisions may ultimately kill the bill itself.
It’s just one more potentially dire outcome of the GOP’s massively unpopular health care bill.
“We passed it by a few votes”, Trump told Turnbull, to which he replied, “I know the feeling, we have challenges in our parliament too”. Among the vulnerable Republicans is two-term New Jersey Representative Tom MacArthur, who helped revive the bill by authoring a key amendment on pre-existing conditions. In a statement, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) said the vote “proves that cowardice must be a pre-existing condition”.