"Trumpcare doesn't replace the Affordable Care Act, it forces millions of Americans to pay more for less care", said Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.).
While AHCA would allow former President Barack Obama's introduction of Medicaid-expansion programs to continue until January 1, 2020, it would then freeze enrollment. Subsidies for insurance purchase on Obamacare exchanges also will stay in place until 2020.
"'ObamaCare is collapsing", President Trump said during his address to Congress last week, "and we must act decisively to protect all Americans".
The plan from Republicans in the US House of Representatives would reduce the role of the federal government in helping Americans afford healthcare. She defended her state's expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act - an especially divisive component of the health law among Republicans.
"It is "Obamacare gone" because we repeal all those taxes, those mandates, those subsidies".
The bill calls for issuing a refundable, advanceable tax credit to customers of individual health plans with the value of that credit tied to age and income.
This proposed act would also prohibit health insurers from denying coverage and would allow dependents to continue on their parents' plan until they are 26.
Meaving the GOP potentially two votes short of passing the bill. Rand Paul was complaining on Twitter that the House proposal wasn't conservative enough.
Ohio's Rob Portman and three colleagues said they "will not support a plan that does not include stability for Medicaid expansion populations or flexibility for states". This, of course, has been a huge issue for Republicans, as they've made promises to quit using tax payers' money for abortion services-even though none of the federal money now going to Planned Parenthood actually goes to abortion.
After this, the final product will be sent over to the Budget Committee to put together and send to the floor for a House vote.
The legislation is the GOP's biggest effort yet to remake the health care system, one that could have an impact on a wide variety of industries, from health insurance to hospitals and drugmakers. But with just 52 Republican senators (and few possible Democratic defections), Republicans probably can't pass a bill without these four senators.