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Republican Obamacare Replacement Plan Could Take Until Next Elections, Senator Predicts

10 May 2017

Cutting almost $1 trillion from Medicaid will give states the freedom to tailor the program to suit their needs, Price said Sunday, May 7, as he defended a narrowly passed House bill that aims to undo parts of the health care law enacted by the previous administration.

"Republican senators will not let the American people down!" he tweeted from his private golf course in central New Jersey, where he has stayed since Thursday.

If President Trump and the Republicans in Congress are having to work this hard to approve legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare - an article of faith that they've reaffirmed at least once a day eight years running - then the odds of major changes in tax law are uncertain.

Asked why 13 men and no women had been picked for a Senate working group on health care, Collins said "the leaders obviously chose the people they want". Democrats are united in opposition to the House bill.

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.

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"Republican Senators will not let the American People down!", he wrote on Twitter. Eliminating the federal deduction for state and local taxes, for instance, is probably dead on arrival.

The Senate's healthcare working group includes the Republican leadership, several committee chairmen and a combination of conservatives such as Ted Cruz of Texas and more moderate Republicans from politically important swing states such as Rob Portman of OH and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.

"The Senate is starting from scratch", Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME said during an interview on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

When Stephanopoulos pointed out that even if the AHCA didn't take away coverage from those with preexisting conditions, it enabled insurers to charge them more, Ryan countered that such provisions wouldn't apply to people who retained continuous coverage - or coverage without any gaps - to which Stephanopoulos noted that people often lose coverage, and its not their personal choice.

"Under this bill, no matter what, you can not be denied coverage if you have a pre-existing condition", Ryan told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on the network's Sunday show, This Week.

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The pair have introduced a bill, the Patient Freedom Act, that keeps some of the consumer protections within Obamacare for people with pre-existing conditions while seeking to solve some of the flaws within the health-care law. Or, you know, just outright deny, allow them to deny, or push premiums up.

Though she is not part of the working group put together by the Senate leadership, Collins said she is working with other lawmakers to craft a bipartisan measure. "And I am the most centrist".

"This is one stage in a multistage legislative process", he said. "But I think we feel really good where we are".

"The fact of the matter is that if those individuals who are sicker, who are older, who are poorer, they will get larger subsidies so that they're able to gain the kind of coverage that they need and want for themselves and for their family".

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said Sunday that he and fellow Democrats acknowledge problems with ObamaCare and that's they be willing to help revise the 2010 health care law.

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