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Pennsylvania added 700,000 low-income, disabled and elderly residents to its roles under Obamacare, one of 31 states to expand Medicaid coverage under the federal health plan's generous subsidies.

After dozens of symbolic votes, House Republicans finally pushed through a bill to gut Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, with President Donald Trump hailing the replacement as "a great plan" that has "really brought the Republican Party together".

Here's what we know so far. "A lot of pre-existing conditions aren't obvious". But that's a misleading line. And in a statement Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said: "Under no circumstance can people be denied coverage because of a preexisting condition".

So while a person may be eligible for coverage, they might not be able to afford it. Mr. Connor said the AHCA would provide $8 billion nationwide for pre-existing conditions, which he said is "woefully inadequate".

Does it make sexual assault a pre-existing condition?

It is time for Congress to meet the needs of their constituents rather than the interests of private insurance companies and Big Pharma.

"I'm hopeful we can find common ground (with the Senate's GOP majority), but we haven't gotten single smoke signal from Republicans that they're interested in doing that, " Murphy, D-Conn., said in an interview Friday. Using special rules, the Senate could pass its version of the bill with just 50 votes and rely on Vice President Mike Pence to break a tie.

It also hasn't yet been analyzed by the Congressional Budget Office to determine how many consumers might lose coverage.

CBO's previous estimate found that the original plan would reduce federal deficits by $337 billion between 2017 and 2026.

It was Trump himself who proclaimed in January that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act will lead to "insurance for everybody".

But while spending would be dropping faster than revenues, this deficit reduction would come at a cost. "It's essentially dead." Behind the President, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise softly chuckled at the remarks, evidently tickled pink by the idea of stripping 24 million Americans of their health care insurance.

Senators are already talking about preventing some of the House bill's Medicaid cuts.

Planned Parenthood says the current arrangement walls off abortion services from those that have nothing to do with abortion.

"If they make it so only people who have money gets help, it's going to be bad", she said.

Dent and others, including Republican governors in Ohio, Michigan and several other states that expanded their Medicaid programs, have said that approach will simply increase costs for states.

As Janel George, the director of Federal Reproductive Rights and Health at the National Women's Law Center, tells TIME: "They could tell sexual assault survivors, 'Because you require preventative HIV medication and antidepressants, you're too expensive".

The Medicaid expansion under ObamaCare would be phased out by 2019 and would no longer allow newly eligible people to enroll.

What happens to people who have insurance through their employer?

This just in: Health care is not a game.

Insurers couldn't charge these folks more for coverage either, because the health law's "community rating" provision bars insurers from varying premium rates based on health status or medical history under a process known as medical underwriting, which was discontinued under Obamacare.

"I shouldn't say this to a great gentleman and my friend from Australia, because you have better health care than we do, but we're going to have great health care very soon", Trump told Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The outspoken and immediate skepticism points to a long road ahead in the Senate for the House bill.

Maybe some people are under the impression after yesterday's House vote that ObamaCare is already repealed, or that Senate passage of the AHCA is a mere formality. By 2020, it would allow states to decide whether to include mental health and substance abuse recovery benefits in Medicaid and individual-market plans. To keep it afloat, the state capped the pool at about 22,000 people out of a population of about 32 million, and even then it wasn't financially viable, he said.

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