Published: Wed, May 10, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Health care mess: House takes a small step

The House voted 217 to 213 for the repeal legislation, Trump's first major legislative victory of his presidency.

As the Republican leadership conceded more and more demands by extreme conservative lawmakers, the bill in its current version makes health insurance costlier for older and sicker people, while restricting the scope and reach of the state-run Medicaid programme for the poor. They should show as much courage in doing that as the House reformers.

In fact, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has been working hand in glove with Trump to destroy Obamacare from the day Trump won the presidency. Democrats taunted Republicans with "na na na na hey hey hey goodbye" as they left the chamber for what they see as the death knell for their majority.

A senior White House official also told The Wall Street Journal that the prospect of more insurers announcing they will pull out of ACA marketplaces next year might help Republicans push their bill through the Senate. Only Republicans voted for the repeal and 20 Republicans joined all House Democrats in opposing the effort.

"We have an opportunity to take down the person who was the author of Trumpcare 2.0", said Democrat Andrew Kim, an Obama White House national security adviser, who said he was now more likely to challenge MacArthur next year.

Sure enough, by 2017, the Republican Party could claim vindication on several fronts. Tester has always said that he will support any bill that increases access to affordable health care. "And we completely understand that", the Wisconsin Republican said on ABC's "This Week".

"If somebody that already has pre-existing conditions and is on health insurance ... what's going to happen is the health insurance is going to raise their premiums compared to those who don't have pre-existing conditions", said Janke, 49, of Hopewell Township. But it will keep some of the benefits of the ACA.

"I don't think we should pass bills that we haven't read, that we don't know what they cost", Ryan told Watson at the time. But holding his caucus together to pass anything was a big win for Speaker Paul Ryan.

The bill passed by the House does away with a provision of Obamacare that requires insurance companies to cover patients with pre-existing conditions at the same rate they charge everyone.

U.S. President Donald Trump is voicing confidence the Senate will join the House of Representatives in repealing health care reforms championed by former President Barack Obama. "The Senate will complete the job".

"We think we need to do even more support for people who are older and also more support for people with pre-existing conditions", he said.

The contentious debate over overhauling the health care system shifts to the Senate and a moderate Republican, Sen.

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