Triumphant House Republicans vote to repeal Obama's health care law

After dozens of symbolic votes, US House Republicans finally pushed through a bill to gut former president Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, with US President Donald Trump hailing the replacement as "a great plan" that has "really brought the Republican Party together". It projected an earlier version would toss 24 million people off health coverage, a damaging blow that made it harder for House Republicans to pass their bill. "Nobody on Medicaid is going to be taken away", House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on CNN Thursday. States can then use federal money to fund government-operated insurance programs for expensive patients called "high-risk pools". "(With the Affordable Care Act, ) there were a lot of people complaining ... Rep. Mike Coffman, a Republican, was among those who voted against it, saying it simply does not do enough to protect people with preexisting conditions.

"Of course, we kid", said Colbert. The insurers did not initially deny her claim because she was a rape victim-they weren't even aware of that information at first, though she says she did later inform them. And that's what I call a 'high-five and a wink'. I actually think it will get even better.

Roy goes on to note that only 114,959 signed up for the ACA's Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, which was a bridge for those who couldn't get health insurance in other ways.

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Douglas Holtz-Eakin, the CBO head under George W. Bush, said he didn't expect the new score to differ much from that given to the original bill, which was pulled ahead of a vote. "Although no one believes the current health care system is ideal, this harmful legislation would make health care less secure and less affordable", said a statement from the group. "And I'm just not in favor of taxpayer money going to insurance companies".

Republican members of the Senate health committee have assembled a group to work on healthcare reform, which consists of 13 men. They consider medical conditions, not how they got injured or sick. The CBO estimated that under the original version of the House bill, premiums for a 64 year-old with an income of $26,000 a year could rise from $1,700 now to more than $14,000. That would allow private insurers to charge lower premiums for everyone else. High-risk pools could fill up fast with patients who have a lapse in coverage. "Any individual that would be eligible for the benefits that would come out of a Medicaid program would be limited in what's available for them". But that would cover only about 110,000 people, according to a new analysis from Avalere Health, a DC consulting firm.

The House measure would give states the flexibility to opt out of mandatory coverage for pre-existing conditions and the community ratings provision regardless of pre-existing conditions.

The two most vulnerable GOP senators in next year's midterm elections, Dean Heller of Nevada and Jeff Flake of Arizona, represent states with large populations of older voters. But if all that money - and the other $23 billion -went exclusively for people with pre-existing conditions, it would cover just 600,000 people, Avalere found. The landmark legislation, which squeaked by in the House after several failed efforts, now moves on to the Senate, where it faces daunting challenges because of the same ideological splits between conservative and moderate Republicans that almost killed it in the House.

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