Health care fight shifts to Senate, where GOP wants a reboot

Olive Rios
May 20, 2017

Several top Republicans in the senate have voiced skepticism of the House plan, which they say places too many costs on older, poorer Americans and would burden some states with high healthcare costs. Ryan argued that "we would spell disaster for ourselves, politically. if we go back on our word".

Another target is Rep. Dave Brat of Virginia, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, the group of conservative Republicans whose objections to an earlier version of the bill helped scuttle a House vote scheduled for late March.

"How do we think that the mentally ill have the ability to pay the deductible on an insurance policy that they have that they can buy for $3,000?" he said. "We're going to draft our own bill, and I'm convinced that we're going to take the time to do it right".

The American Health Care Act was voted on last week before it was scored and priced by the Congressional Budget Office - and before the full text of the bill had even been made public.

However, he also seemed to make a point of giving the Senate time to make changes, despite Trump's strong desire to fulfill his campaign promise of repealing and replacing ObamaCare.

The health secretary said Republicans believe insurance under their plan "is going to be more affordable".

In an interview on "This Week", Stephanopoulos first asked the speaker why the AHCA, House Republicans' replacement for President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, allowed states to opt out of mandating that insurers not raise insurance costs for Americans with preexisting conditions.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, the architect of the bill, claimed that Republicans had received two CBO scores for the current bill during his appearance on ABC's "This Week". The Obama-era law expanded Medicaid with extra payments to 31 states to cover more people.

Collins, a moderate, said one of the major goals is to ensure that people with pre-existing medical conditions continue to have the same or better coverage.

Cutting almost $1 trillion from Medicaid will give states the freedom to tailor the program to suit their needs, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Sunday, as he defended a narrowly passed House bill that aims to undo parts of the health care law enacted by the previous administration.

"But most importantly, it's us trying to fix a real problem that real people are experiencing in this country".

On Sunday, he urged Republican senators to not fail the American people. "The Senate will complete the job".

"It is an impossible thing to do, and my job and the MA delegation's job is to make their job even tougher", Markey added at the Boston office of Health Care for All, an advocacy group. Collins and Ryan appeared on ABC's "This Week" and Mulvaney appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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