Republican Senators: "Zero Chance" New Health Care Bill Is Passed

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Republican Senators: "Zero Chance" New Health Care Bill Is Passed

US President Donald Trump has lashed out at the media about the coverage of his replacement healthcare bill.

A total of 217 Republicans cast "aye" votes for the GOP plan on the House floor on Thursday afternoon.

But its pathway through the Senate will be at least as bumpy. That is likely to lead to more frustration for President Donald Trump, who has already expressed disappointment in the slow-moving ways of Congress.

And that was in a chamber Republicans control 238-193.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., plans to move forward under special procedures that allow legislation to pass with a simple majority vote, instead of the 60 usually required for major bills in the Senate.

Democrats have taunted Republicans about possibly losing their House majority in 2018 because of their votes.

Martha MacCallum asked Duffy about critics of the Republican bill, who have said it brings the US closer to a universal, single-payer health care system. Another day, another sexist policy from Trump.

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. The same goes for a person who was injured or sickened with a chronic illness.

The White House insisted Friday that negotiators are focused on "big principles" such as lowering costs and empowering states, and that tweaks were inevitable.

Before the Affordable Care Act, pregnancy was considered a pre-existing condition, and insurers frequently denied coverage because of it.

Several come from northeastern and Midwestern states with large numbers of low-income people receiving Medicaid. They said the proposed cuts would shift financial obligations back to the states and reduce coverage for Medicaid recipients. To do so, however, states must first come up with other ways to insure these sicker plan members, since they are nearly certain to face unaffordable rates. OH received $47 million from Medicaid in 2013.

In March, Portman joined three other GOP senators in opposing Medicaid cuts in an early version of the House legislation.

Repealing Obamacare is critically important for Kentucky, where the individual market has collapsed, leaving only one insurance carrier in 31 of 35 counties in the First District, and where the unsustainable expanded Medicaid program now pays for more than thirty percent of our population. There are many more steps in the legislative process left before this bill ever reaches Trump's desk, and many opportunities for you to help stop it.

The Republican bill will allow insurance companies to charge anyone with a pre-existing condition a lot more for coverage.

Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, have opposed cutting federal money for Planned Parenthood.

Other senators are also seeking changes.

For now, one doesn't have to be a fan of the Affordable Care Act or a Democrat to conclude that what happened Thursday did not represent progress toward a better America.

The Republican edge in the Senate is just 52-48. As such, it possible that this potentially devastating employer coverage loophole could be patched up, but there's simply no way to know for sure until the Senate produces a bill of its own.

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