Trump pushes Senate Republicans to act on health care bill

Kari Scott
May 14, 2017

President Donald Trump is urging Senate Republicans to "not let the American people down" as the contentious debate over overhauling the health care system shifts to the Senate.

Senate Republicans, taking up health care reform after last week's House vote to eliminate and replace several key Obamacare provisions, now face pressure from two sides: a White House eager for victory, and Democratic and other advocacy groups launching campaigns against lawmakers who support repeal. Dems look to curb Trump's nuclear strike powers MORE (D-Mass.) says that it is "impossible" for House and Senate Republicans to agree on a plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

Even as the Republican health care overhaul remains a work in progress, states are planning for big changes that could swell the ranks of the uninsured and hit them with higher costs.

The House bill would end the health care law's fines on people who don't buy policies and erase its taxes on health industry businesses and higher earners. Ryan said the House vote was one part of a "multistage process". "Thank Paul Ryan and House Republicans for keeping their word and fighting for the health care we deserve".

It would dilute consumer-friendly insurance coverage requirements, like prohibiting higher premiums for customers with pre-existing medical conditions and watering down the subsidies that help people afford health insurance.

Former President Barack Obama speaks after being presented with the 2017 Profile in Courage award during ceremonies at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Boston.

In the coming days, the independent Congressional Budget Office is set to release its assessment of how much the Republican plan would cost in the next decade and how many millions of people would lose their insurance under it.

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Senators have questioned aspects of the House bill, which would slash funding for Medicaid, the program that provides insurance for the poor, and roll back much of its expansion during the Obama administration.

Major medical and other organizations, including the American Medical Association, oppose the House bill.

"That really hurts a state like ME, where we have an older population living in largely more expensive, rural areas, as far as health care is concerned", she said.

As the vote was ending and the final tally - 217-213 - was recorded, a chorus of the band Steam's "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" was heard not from the gallery of the House Chamber, but from its floor.

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said Sunday that he and fellow Democrats acknowledge problems with ObamaCare and that's they be willing to help revise the 2010 health care law. This advertisement focuses on the fact that House Republicans kept a years-long promise by voting to repeal the law, highlighting that the AHCA would repeal the employer and individual mandates, which many Republicans hate.

The most important step lies ahead, as the Senate undertakes the bill. "It's the least members in both parties owe to the countless Americans who continue to suffer under ObamaCare and the countless more who will be hurt if we don't act".

Ryan, speaking Sunday on ABC News, used language not ordinarily heard from free-market, anti-entitlement conservatives like himself.

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