Upton Opposing Latest Healthcare Bill

Carla Harmon
May 3, 2017

He said the measure would undermine insurance protections current law gives people with pre-existing illnesses, which legislation supporters disputed. Across the country, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel's emotional story about his newborn son's heart condition reverberated on television and the Internet. "Will have much lower premiums & deductibles while at the same time taking care of pre-existing conditions!"

"Seriously, you want me to go back and tell the people in my fourth of Nevada 'the Senate will make it better?'" Amodei said.

"We will schedule a vote when we have the needed votes", she said.

Trump and fellow Republicans campaigned on a pledge to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

The third time may not be the charm for House Republicans. Upton's defection could make it easier for other moderates to vote no.

The White House and Congressional leaders are backing a new spending agreement that - if passed - would be the largest bipartisan success of the Trump presidency so far. Nevertheless, Upton is opposing the healthcare bill. "It's not in its final form right now, It will be every bit as good on pre-existing conditions as Obamacare".

"Can there be a fix?"

Republicans in Congress still don't have the votes to get an Obamacare replacement bill passed in the House, almost two months after they introduced that bill, and even as certain officials keep issuing optimistic predictions about the legislation's fate.

"We're hopeful there'll be action in the House of Representatives soon", Pence said in an interview on NBC News' "Meet the Press".

Cohn told CBS he expects the plan to come to the House floor for a full vote, saying the White House was "convinced we've got the votes".

"I actually feel we're in a very good place, I think you'll be very proud of what we end up doing in the end", House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters, adding he would "like to see Billy" on the bill.

White House chief economic adviser Gary Cohn sounded optimistic Monday morning when asked if he thought Republicans' plans for health care had enough votes.

A senior Trump administration source told CNN's Dana Bash that House leadership was looking at the possibility of a vote Thursday and that they were within five votes of the magic number of 216. Some say they see their party making the same kind of mistakes Republicans criticized Democrats for making back in 2010.

Kimmel's monologue was highlighted by Democrats, including former President Obama, and quickly went viral online.

The margin for error for the GOP is growing razor-thin: assuming unanimous Democratic opposition, they can only afford to lose 22 of their own. For one, even though the new version of the AHCA was sold as a compromise, the language is scaring off a broad range of Republicans because of what it could mean for coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. The states would have to set up "high-risk pools" to absorb some of the costs of caring for those people. Also, insurers would be able to charge higher premiums to those with medical issues if they let their coverage lapse. They say high-risk pools have a mixed record because government money financing them often proves inadequate.

"They take that out, put the vote on the floor that they pulled, and I'm with them", Long said, referring to the first version of the bill, which House GOP leaders withdrew in March after it was clear that it lacked the support to pass the chamber.

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