Published: Sat, May 06, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Senate Wary on 'Obamacare' Repeal, Bumpy Path Ahead

Senate Wary on 'Obamacare' Repeal, Bumpy Path Ahead

On Thursday, the US House of Representatives passed the American Healthcare Act, the Republicans' proposed legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare.

"The House bill is merely the first legislative step, and I look forward to being a part of this process as the Senate writes its own version to repeal and replace Obamacare so that Pennsylvanians can have access to quality health care at a price they can afford", Toomey said in a statement.

After weeks of GOP infighting in the House over the details of a health care overhaul bill, the debate now shifts to the Senate, where the political dynamics might make Republicans struggle again to forge a compromise bill that could ultimately gain a 51 vote majority.

Under the American Health Care Act - which passed the House yesterday with support from 217 out of 237 Republicans - individual states would have the ability to opt out of an Obamacare requirement that forced insurers to charge the same for people with and without pre-existing conditions.

Meanwhile, Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said that Trump's healthcare bill that passed today on a party-line vote "is atrocious and must be defeated" in the Senate. Medicaid, a social healthcare programme for individuals with limited resources, would lose big.

Initially, the President threatened Republicans who opposed the bill, suggesting they'd face a challenge in the 2018 primaries.

But there were celebrations moments later on the White House lawn, where the president laid on a reception for Republicans in the House of Representatives.

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But the House bill falls short of that goal, and Democrats have warned that it exposes millions of vulnerable Americans. But politically, I'm not sure how it would land, as Republicans could say they are trying to apply the AHCA to Congress and it's Democrats who are blocking that simple bill from becoming law.

The Republican push to replace the Affordable Care Act was revived this week in Congress by a small change to their plan created to combat concerns over coverage for those with pre-existing health problems. But Mr Trump and the Republican House leadership will take it.

Several come from northeastern and Midwestern states with large numbers of low-income people receiving Medicaid. In a provision that helped the bill pass the House, the new version would let states get a waiver so insurers can set higher premiums for those with pre-existing conditions.

Meanwhile, the need to reach an agreement between the House, Senate, and White House will likely delay the introduction of a tax reform bill, which had been expected in early June.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that the Republican bill would result in 24 million fewer people having health insurance by 2026, compared to Obama's 2010 statute.

Trump: The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has not yet calculated the effects of the latest version, but a March report of an earlier draft found 52 million people would likely be left without insurance by 2026 - nearly double the number of those under Obamacare. We don't know what this cost Americans in terms of premiums and what this will cost them in terms of coverage. So have hospital companies, such as HCA Holdings Inc and Tenet Healthcare Corp. Even though they were charged far higher rates, up to double the amount paid by consumers with no serious ailments, care for these patients is so expensive that government money was needed to fund the programs.

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