Colbert rips GOP House members for passage of American Health Care Act

Lauren Perry
May 6, 2017

While Trump declared during a post-vote celebration that he would "get this finished" and that Obamacare was "essentially dead", moderate Republicans said major adjustments will be necessary for the bill to become law.

"We do not have enough for Medicare, we do not have enough for Social Security, we do not have enough for Medicaid - before we got started on the expansion of Medicaid", Paul said Friday during a speech at the Cato Institute.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will vote on the replacement bill after the CBO releases its new analysis. It will strip insurance from the poor, giving tax breaks to the wealthy and casting doubt on health provisions for the chronically sick.

On Thursday, House Republicans voted to approve a controversial health care bill that would repeal much of Obamacare - much to the dismay of their colleagues across the aisle. "Let's focus our attention in the Senate on that option", he said.

Health consultancy firm Avalere released an estimate Thursday concluded that the $23 billion allocated by the new AHCA to help cover people with pre-existing conditions would only be able to pay for 110,000 of them.

Reuters reports that unlike House lawmakers, senators will be waiting for health care legislation to be scored by the Congressional Budget Office before they vote on it.

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The Republican, whose healthcare bill narrowly passed in the House on Thursday (4 May), said USA healthcare would "soon be great" in a tweet dismissing the current system.

Democrats and other opposing voices say it will leave millions uninsured, with some predicting the bill will founder or have to be rewritten in the Senate for that reason. Republicans in the upper house have expressed misgivings about phasing out the expanded Medicaid program, which has enrolled some 550,000 New Jerseyans in three years. The very people who made Donald Trump president.

Pre-Existing Conditions: The ACA includes a pre-existing condition clause that bars insurance companies from charging people with any pre-existing conditions more. "I believe in giving everyone a chance", says Joyce. The legislation would rework subsidies for private insurance, limit federal spending on Medicaid for low-income people and cut taxes on upper-income individuals used to finance Obama's overhaul.

"I'm disappointed on the vote today on the healthcare bill because it sets aside folks who have traditionally not had a voice", Gather said.

Local doctors said that SC saw a big spike in the number of people getting insurance when the Affordable Care Act was implemented.

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