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Health Care Debate Shifting Over To US Senate

09 May 2017

In remarks at the Rose Garden event, Trump said the current law had been "a catastrophe" and made sweeping assurances about the Republican's replacement measure, which he said he was confident would pass the Senate despite some strong reservations from Republican senators. They cited concerns about potential higher costs for older people and those with pre-existing conditions, along with cuts to Medicaid. In a Friday editorial, they savaged the bill itself and the way Republicans got it through the House, pointing to the "breathtaking hypocrisy" of Republicans having "falsely accused Democrats of rushing the Affordable Care Act through Congress" before themselves passing Trumpcare without hearings or a CBO analysis.

No one expects a new bill to be written quickly, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has started a process for producing one.

"The Senate will now finish work on our bill, but will take the time to get it right", said Sen.

Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME, who has been working on her own healthcare plan, said she was reaching out to moderate Democrats to try to find common ground. Such a scenario would force the House and Senate to work together to forge a compromise bill.

Outside groups prepared to launch an advertising campaign in the coming days to punish vulnerable Republicans in key states.

"Republican Senators will not let the American People down!", he wrote on Twitter.

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Several Democrats are lining up already to challenge both Republicans in next year's elections.

Trump has said "Obamacare" is failing as insurers pull out of markets, forcing premiums and deductibles to rise.

Even still, Republicans could eliminate the legislative filibuster (filibusters used on regular bills like the AHCA, which are not enshrined in the Constitution), but that would be a high-risk gamble that could come back to bite them.

Obama defended his signature achievement in Boston Sunday night while accepting the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. So Republicans are using a special process preventing a Democratic filibuster that would require 60 votes to end.

Democrats are convinced the GOP repeal bill jeopardizes the Republican monopoly in Washington, starting with majority control of the House, and the party's advantages in statehouses from Nevada to New Hampshire. Shouldn't be hard since it was a Republican health care plan before Obama hijacked it.

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.

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Kasich cited the importance of coverage for individuals "dealing with mental illness, addiction and chronic illness" and said he was "hopeful" that the Senate would revise the bill. His district went from "likely Republican" to "lean Republican" after the health care vote.

Regarding the May 5 news article "Health care bill clears House; Senate fate iffy": The House vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will have significant impact on voters in the Triangle. "The Senate will complete the job". Conservative health care analyst James Capretta says the odds for survival "are low" for House language allowing state waivers for higher premiums on people with pre-existing conditions.

"Without Medicaid, what happens is that people don't get health care, or the cost of their healthcare is simply shifted to the state and local levels", he explained.

As the vote was ending and the final tally - 217-213 - was recorded, a chorus of the band Steam's "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" was heard not from the gallery of the House Chamber, but from its floor.

Labrador responded: "That line is so indefensible". The talk show host last week delivered a tearful monologue describing life-saving heart surgery his newborn son had received and saying lawmakers must help people afford health care.

Social media was quick to point out the working panel was all male, criticizing McConnell for its lack of gender diversity, The Hill first noted.

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"These low-risk pools, they're not funded, $8 billion is not enough, it's ridiculous", Kasich said on CNN's State of the Union.