House approves Republican ACA replacement without employer mandate
May 05 2017 by Irving Hamilton
After seven years of campaign promises, Republicans in the U.S. House on Thursday passed a sweeping healthcare bill that would undo major pieces of the Affordable Care Act. "I am confident. When it comes to deductibles, it was so ridiculous, people didn't use them".
"We're going to fight this as hard as we can", Sanders said.
"Does any repeal-and-replace proposal reduce premiums for average Montanans and does it preserve rural access?"
Just as the vote hit the magic 216 number, signifying passage, House Democrats began singing "Na Na Na Na, Hey, Hey, Hey, Goodbye", waving to their Republican colleagues.
The first iteration of the bill was pulled from the House floor in March after it became apparent it would not have enough votes to pass. And last week, GOP leaders considered bringing it back, but then decided not to risk another vote.
The change helped get the bill through the House of Representatives in a tight vote Thursday, but experts say it may make little difference in the hunt for affordable coverage for these patients.
"The latest Republican plan to gut essential health benefits and protections for pre-existing conditions will make it impossible for millions of Americans to afford the health care coverage they desperately need", Pelosi said.
Having passed the house, the bill must now pass the Senate.
The consumer group Health Access California estimates that the GOP bill will result "in at least four million Californians losing coverage, and many more will pay higher health care costs".
Provides $8 billion over five years to help states finance their high-risk pools. "Everything I've seen says (the funding) is not enough". "But very importantly, it's a great plan", the president stated earlier today according to the White House. It also eliminates tax penalties for people without insurance, but allows insurance companies to impose a premium surcharge for people with gaps in coverage. Twenty Republicans opposed the legislation, at a time when independent political analysts rate about 40 GOP seats as potentially vulnerable in 2018.
Here is the text of Coffman's statement before the vote on Thursday.
In addition, because the subsidies offered in the Republican plan don't vary with local insurance prices the way subsidies do in Obamacare, residents of high-cost, rural areas would also suffer. It still strips coverage from millions. "Let's get it out of the House first, let's get something out of the Senate, let's get a conference report". "A lot of us are here because we promised this vote".
And there is the culture of the Senate, which prides itself on taking a cautious, deliberative approach to legislation.
Any plan to overhaul Obamacare faces a tougher battle in the 100-member U.S. Senate, where Republicans hold a slimmer majority. The Senate approved a spending bill averting a government shutdown that would have been disastrous for the party with a monopoly on power. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, also allows states that want to keep the Affordable Care Act to do so.
In a statement from a spokesman, Republican Greg Gianforte, a Bozeman tech entrepreneur, said he wanted more information before he would say if he supported the bill.
"Hey, hey, goodbye", they sang - indicating that they are eager to hang the repeal vote around the Republicans' necks.
The White House gathering quickly came under fire from the Democrats.