GOP health care bill fails in every way

Cheryl Sanders
May 10, 2017

"We're going to draft our own bill, and I'm convinced that we're going to take the time to do it right".

Though House Republicans celebrated the bill - even carting in cases of beer after the vote - lawmakers and pundits on both sides of the aisle agreed that the Senate was unlikely to pass the bill as it was written. It would dilute consumer-friendly insurance coverage requirements, like prohibiting higher premiums for customers with pre-existing medical conditions.

"Republican Senators will not let the American people down!" he posted Sunday.

Premiums for insurance offered through Obamacare exchanges are headed through the stratosphere in many areas, with double-digit increases becoming an annual thing.

Republicans are celebrating the passage of a new healthcare bill through the House, but their fight to repeal and replace Obamacare is far from over.

As originally introduced, the GOP bill would leave 24 million fewer people insured by 2026 than under Obamacare, officially known as the Affordable Care Act.

As Mr Trump stood flanked by his party's congressmen in the White House Rose Garden, Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House, was across town warning Republicans they would end up ruing their votes.

Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, one of the most moderate Democrats in the Senate, said his state "gets absolutely slammed" in the House bill because it has a lot of elderly residents and people with pre-existing conditions. First, they want you to believe that throwing all sick people into one high-risk pool will cost those sick people no more than it cost them when those costs were spread out among all Americans under Obamacare. "True to our promise, AARP is now letting its 38 million members know how their elected representative voted on this health bill". "But most importantly, it's us trying to fix a real problem that real people are experiencing in this country".

"It's going to be an unbelievable victory when we get it through the Senate and there's so much spirit there", Trump said.

But Democratic groups as well as health care and senior advocacy organizations have already launched ads against Senate Republicans taking up the health care repeal bill, as well as House GOP members who voted for the bill in the lower chamber.

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus told "Fox News Sunday" that he and President Donald Trump see the health care debate as a "binary choice" between the floundering Obamacare and a fresh start.

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