McConnell: GOP Healthcare Bill Will Be Simple Majority Vote in Senate

Lauren Perry
May 13, 2017

"The Senate is starting from scratch".

"Today's vote is just a step in the legislative process for this bill - not the end of it", Curbelo said after voting to send the measure to the Senate.

With the latest version of the AHCA passing the House, there's now something closer to an official GOP party line on the bill ― and Trump voters have largely taken the cue. So, these Republican governors may be putting pressure on Republican senators to reject what the Republican House did. "Without having said repetitively, we are for sure and serious about this, perhaps it wouldn't have been the powerful tool it was in the Trump election".

The health secretary said Republicans believe insurance under their plan "is going to be more affordable". Among other things, it would allow insurance companies to charge higher premiums for elderly Americans and people with pre-existing conditions while it would limit Medicaid coverage for low income Americans. Obama defended his signature achievement in Boston Sunday night while accepting the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. I am calling Sen. "But it does require some courage to champion the vulnerable, and the sick and the infirm". The ad accuses Republicans of repealing "health care" and supporting a "disastrous" bill opposed by the American Medical Association, the AARP, and the American Cancer Society.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price says cutting almost $1 trillion from Medicaid would give states freedom to tailor the program to fit their needs.

Kasich cited the importance of coverage for individuals "dealing with mental illness, addiction and chronic illness" and said he was "hopeful" that the Senate would revise the bill.

Then Trump, who had campaigned on preserving programs, like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, that his party had aimed at in the past, said on Twitter less than two weeks before Inauguration Day that a replacement must accompany a repeal - much to the surprise of Ryan and the party leadership on Capitol Hill. Gov. John Kasich of OH questioned what would happen to the mentally ill, drug addicts and people with chronic illnesses under the changes proposed for Medicaid. That approach is welcome in states that want fewer mandates from the federal government but is causing alarm in states that embraced former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he isn't setting a deadline for that effort but adds that he doesn't expect any help from Democrats. After six years of promises to Hoosiers, we are moving forward to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something far better. "The Senate will complete the job".

Because states can opt out of the ten essential health benefit protections guaranteed by Obamacare - including emergency services; pregnancy, maternity, and newborn care; and prescription drugs - health insurance costs will depend more on where one lives if the legislation becomes law. Some House lawmakers have been challenged by the public over the House vote. He said the bill that narrowly cleared the House last week and which faces significant revision by the Senate will be an improvement over the current system of limited choice and rising costs. Labrador responded: "That line is so indefensible".

Americans want problems solved and a broken health care insurance system is one of the biggest ones. The comment traveled quickly on social media.

"We are concerned that is more limited under what came from the House", he said.

Joining Gillibrand at a news conference Sunday was Erin Schick, who was working on her master's degree at Columbia University when she came down with something.

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