Health care debate shifting over to Senate

Health Care Heads To US Senate Bitter Fight Expected

Republicans have taken major political risks by backing the deeply controversial bill

House Republicans are already feeling some backlash from American voters resulting from last Thursday's vote.

While President Trump and House Republicans celebrated passage of their measure Thursday with a White House Rose Garden event, concerns were already mounting about dying momentum as the more deliberate Senate tries to craft its own ObamaCare replacement plan.

The Senate will not be voting on the proposed healthcare act as is.

The Republican from ME would have been an obvious choice seeing as how she has some expertise as a former state insurance regulator and some interest in healthcare reform. She and another senator came up with their own health care reform bill earlier this year.

Republican senators plan to write a health-care bill that could be radically different from the one passed last week by the House, including keeping some of the benefits and safeguards now enshrined within Obamacare.

In addition, it is not yet clear whether the bill will make it through the Senate - with GOP's slim 52-member majority giving them little margin for defectors - something that has been widely reported in the press. The bill had a narrow victory in the House, 217-213, even as 20 moderate Republicans voted against it.

Trump has vowed to repeal and replace ObamaCare since the inception of his presidential campaign. But that's not what happened: Republicans included $8 billion to help those with such conditions pay their health premiums, but that money would be gone quickly.

"The audience shouted with outrage, drowning out the congressman", NBC reports.

Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the Senate minority leader, speaking at an unrelated news conference, also criticized the new health care bill, saying he was concerned the measure would make it more hard for Americans with pre-existing health conditions to find affordable coverage.

Under the House measure, state governments will be allowed to opt out of this requirement. Talking with them and asking them questions pertaining to your health care coverage will let them know where you stand.

"It's up to the Senate to make improvements if they're to be made", he said.

A study by Kaiser found that 27 percent of all Americans under the age of 65 have pre-existing medical conditions, which means, according to experts, that $8 billion is not almost enough to cover those in need for five years.

On May 4, the House of Representatives took a momentous step forward in accomplishing the GOP's plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. "The bill passed by the House today doesn't do that".

Fundraising surged nationwide as new recruits stepped up to challenge vulnerable Republicans who backed the plan. "It's a massive transfer of wealth from workers to Wall Street". We urge both senators to remember those North Carolinians as they consider AHCA provisions that allows insurers to get waivers from states on Obamacare mandates.

In 2018, some members of Congress will be up for re-election. If they voted for repeal, let them know how that vote affects your life.

Even so, Manchin said Senate Republicans haven't yet asked Democrats to work on a bill.

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