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Published: Mon, May 08, 2017
U.S. | By Rene Hicks

Health care bill faces GOP skepticism in Senate

Health care bill faces GOP skepticism in Senate

After dozens of symbolic votes, US House Republicans finally pushed through a bill to gut former president Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, with US President Donald Trump hailing the replacement as "a great plan" that has "really brought the Republican Party together". The Senate has said it plans to essentially gut the House's version of the bill and rewrite its own.

He went on to criticize House Republicans for their festive celebration of these new healthcare parameters in the Rose Garden at the White House.

The Washington Post reported disagreement among Senate Republicans on how to even begin the process of drafting their bill. We're going to get there. The GOP health bill is far from flawless, but it is being attacked by numerous same Democrats who promised the moon under Obamacare, and who were proven wrong time and time again.

"The fact is that Obamacare is simply unsustainable", she added. "'To get to a compromise we can agree to and then present it to the larger conference'".

A number of moderates were unhappy with a Congressional Budget Office estimate showing an earlier version of the House measure would have resulted in 24 million more people without insurance within a decade. And it would cut Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor and disabled, including ending extra federal payments 31 states are accepting to expand Medicaid to cover more people.

"This legislation sets us on a path to the bad old days when insurance companies could refuse coverage to those with preexisting conditions and deny people health benefits that should be in every plan - like ‎maternity and mental health care", said Whitehouse.

Keep pro-life-friendly mandatory coverage, especially for pregnancy, maternity, and newborn care. Chief among them: a guarantee of paying the same amount for coverage regardless of health history.

An array of medical groups, led by the American Medical Association, had opposed the measure.

Democrats warn the bill will strip insurance from millions of Americans and send costs rocketing. The bill was also opposed by nearly every sector in the healthcare industry, including hospitals, doctors, health insurers and consumer groups.

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There are also several Republicans who have expressed skepticism about the bill, CBS2's Janelle Burrell reported. House speaker Paul Ryan said the American Health Care Act "protects people with pre-existing conditions". This allowed millions to purchase health coverage for the first time. "Our state is unable to absorb such massive cuts without impacting health care for all patients".

"Bye bye, Margie!" They taunted her from the floor of the House. "A lot of us are here because we promised this vote".

"This bill is going nowhere fast in the United States Senate".

Senate leaders have repeatedly vowed success.

"Failure to reform our health care system is not an option", Sununu said.

"The Senate will now finish work on our bill, but will take the time to get it right", said Sen. Major Democratic Super PAC American Bridge also released a digital ad declaring: "Tell Senate Republicans this is their mess now, and we are watching".

Republicans in the Senate could run into another problem - their chamber's rules. Among the highlights of the House's bill are the removal of the individual mandate and the return of power to the states to make important healthcare decisions.

There's no doubt big votes like this can have long-term effects when it comes to elections.

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