California's GOP congressmen could pay politically for Obamacare repeal vote

Whatever the merits of the bill, it faces an even tougher slog in the Senate. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Cory Gardner, R-Colo., are from states that used Obama's law to add hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries to Medicaid, an expansion they want to protect but the House bill would end. "Then it goes back to the House, which is probably not going to like what the Senate did to it, and they're going to have to try to meet in the middle". "I don't think anybody finds that acceptable in this country".

Republicans pushed ahead with the vote despite a national poll in March that showed a majority of voters, 56 percent, rejected the GOP plan, 17 percent supported it and 26 percent were undecided. Two Republican representatives who voted for the legislation without reading until the end: Chris Collins of NY and Thomas Garrett of Virginia.

If Trump's healthcare plan passes the Senate and Trump signs it into law, the move would take away Obama' s major achievement during eight years in office.

Mahaffee said three months was a highly compressed time frame to tackle something as complex as health care.

"I have to believe that the Senate will not act as irresponsibly as the Republicans in the House".

Pre-existing conditions have been at the center of the debate around the House Republican health care plan, dubbed the American Health Care Act. 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. And yet apparently, none of the lawmakers involved in crafting the Senate's initial legislation will be women.

Other senators who have expressed concerns about the House bill include Mr.

Boston Celtics player Isaiah Thomas loses tooth during National Basketball Association playoff match
That's roughly 4,200 miles in the air in little more than 24 hours. "It's tough, but it's the playoffs so there are no excuses". Attacking Isaiah Thomas was one of the commons themes, as the Wizards raced out to their enormous first quarter lead.

Now that Republicans in the House of Representatives have passed a bill to repeal Obamacare, the work is shifting to the Senate.

A picture of Rep. Mimi Walters, R-Calif., taking a selfie at Trump's Thursday Rose Garden celebration to cheer House passage of the bill quickly made its way into a fundraising appeal from one of her Democratic challengers, Kia Hamadanchy - with the subject line, "I am appalled".

There are still many hurdles facing the new bill in the Senate.

That wing is led by Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, a doctor who worked for decades in a charity hospital, and Susan Collins of Maine. And recently, the Affordable Care Act itself has become popular, anyway, making the Republican repeal effort even more risky for them.

"Our top concern is what this change could mean for older and sicker patients, including those with pre-existing conditions, such as cancer patients and those with chronic conditions", Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association, said in a statement Saturday, April 27, explaining why his group doesn't support the bill.

The losers are some 24 million Americans who under the Affordable Care Act get subsidies to afford health insurance coverage, including millions of people with pre-existing conditions and poor people who had access to Medicaid, who may not be able to afford insurance in the future. And with only a slim 52-48 majority, McConnell can lose only two senators from his sometimes fractious caucus, which runs the gamut from moderates like Collins to conservatives like Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas.

Meadows said tax cuts should be offset by cuts to entitlement programs including Social Security and Medicare, which Trump has promised not to touch.


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