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Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
U.S. | By Rene Hicks

US House narrowly backs new Republican healthcare bill


Mark Sanford, who has criticized the legislation, said he attempted to read the entire bill but failed to get through some of the details.

"This process will not be quick or simple or easy, but it must be done", he said.

McConnell dislikes surprises and drama.

But while cutting funding for Planned Parenthood is overwhelmingly popular in the House, there are a handful of GOP senators, including Collins and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who have said they are likely to oppose a bill carrying this provision. Republicans control the chamber 52-48.

The White House said Trump didn't mean anything by it (although he then doubled down on his words with a tweet) but if you're in the mood to have a celebration of your own, lift a glass to what he told the Australian PM and make a toast to blowing up this bogus health care reform bill and giving us what Americans truly need - Medicare for all. What was known about the first version of the bill, the one that couldn't muster the votes to pass, was not encouraging for any Republican looking at a reelection campaign.

One example is the recent opioid epidemic. Sen. She defended the GOP health care proposal.

Democrats and liberal activists have lambasted McConnell for appointing a group with no female members.

"There's no question this is a big victory for Donald Trump and for Paul Ryan and for House Republicans", Hayes said.

What a difference a day makes on Tennessee's Capitol Hill as a divided House just 18 hours earlier came together Friday morning to pass Tennessee's $37.1 billion state budget.

Much Medicaid money is used to combat the illegal use of addictive opioid drugs.

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Democrats also targeted Republican governors in Democratic-leaning states, including Maryland's Larry Hogan, who did not take a public position before the House vote.

Obama's law helps millions buy private insurance with federal subsidies geared to income and policy premiums.

The House version of AHCA would allow waivers that permit insurers to charge those with pre-existing illnesses far higher rates than other customers and ignore mandatory coverage of specific services including pregnancy care.

Fundraising surged nationwide as new recruits stepped up to challenge vulnerable Republicans who backed the plan. Twenty-four million fewer would be left without health insurance. The Senate could override that with 60 votes. Over at Forbes, I have a detailed writeup of the bill's qualities and flaws. "Obamacare Replacement Will Kill People, Warren Claims", declared the headline of a Daily Caller article that insisted Senator Elizabeth Warren had offered no evidence in support of her assertion.

Republicans are advertising too.

Unlike the House, the Republican majority there is narrow, and already some in the party are showing misgivings about the current legislation.

There appears to be a consensus in diagnosing the health bill.

Though they have occasionally broken with him on policy - and his use of Twitter - Senate GOP leaders will be eager to get a deal with Trump on health care, a major issue for GOP base voters.

Several news outlets had reported the concerns raised by pressure groups that the new healthcare bill passed by the House would leave millions of Americans without healthcare insurance. Mario Diaz-Balart and Carlos Curbelo, who represent two of three districts in Florida - and the nation - with the highest number of people insured under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), voted against their constituents' interests.

Sister Carol counseled that "It is critically important to look at this bill for what it is".

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