Democrats see opposition to GOP health bill as winning issue

In 2010, after a Democratic-controlled Congress passed and President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, Republicans denounced what came to be known as Obamacare with critiques that were often borne out.

In this image from House Television, the final total on the vote on the Republicans health care bill is displayed at the Capitol in Washington on Thursday, May 4, 2017. Flanked by Republican members of the House, the President said he was "confident" the Senate would also vote to repeal Obamacare. "This thing is going to go to the United States Senate".

The Maine senator said it's "unlikely" that people with pre-existing medical conditions would get the same or better coverage under the House bill than under Obamacare because the legislation would give states freedom on aspects of insurance coverage. AHCA technically does not allow insurers to deny people with pre-existing conditions but does allow insurers to charge people with pre-existing conditions more for health care if the state has set up high-risk insurance pools.

However, Turner expects the Senate to push for more generous subsidies for those struggling to afford insurance but make too much to qualify for Medicaid. It caps Medicaid while slashing its funding by more than $800 billion over a decade.

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Proponents of the bill note that people in poor health would still be protected as long as they maintain coverage. Insurers need to decide whether they will participate in the individual market exchanges by June 22.

"We don't have big insurance companies and big drug companies, and the kind of wealthy individuals that are going to benefit from this $600 billion tax giveaway", he said. Only Republicans voted for the repeal and 20 Republicans joined all House Democrats in opposing the effort. What seemed to matter the most, and to the guy out front, was that they had finally put some legislative points on the board.

"The members will have to explain why they supported something with a range of effects that people aren't gonna like", Elmendorf said. Planned Parenthood provides many other services besides abortions, including STD testing, birth control access, pregnancy testing, and pap smears. Turner says that's not true.

An amendment to the AHCA states "Nothing in this Act shall be construed as permitting health insurance issuers to discriminate in rates for health insurance coverage by gender". Current law stays in place [if states] decide not to take the grant and make their own changes. States have established waiting lists to get into their risk pools or restricted admission to the pools, since they ultimately have to balance their budget and they have no way to predict how high costs will climb. Second, they want you to believe that even as drug prices, costs of tests, etc. continue to rise, removing about $1 trillion from health care will lower prices and provide better care. The Republican health plan also is expected to raise premiums for older people, who are more likely to have a pre-existing condition. Sanders said the administration is not putting an "artificial timeline" on passing the bill through the Senate and reiterated that the President wanted to get the bill right.

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