Trump Confident Senate Will Join House in Repealing US Health Law

Justin Greene
May 14, 2017

A Congressional Budget Office analysis of a previous version of the American Health Care Act - a new version of which narrowly passed the House last Thursday - predicted $880 billion would be cut from Medicaid and 14 million fewer people would enroll in the program in the next 10 years.

Is everyone covered, or will 24 million people be losing health care coverage, as has been feared?

And the DC political class wonders why people hate them. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, said he would consider allowing the higher charges for pre-existing conditions. Only Republicans voted for the repeal and 20 Republicans joined all House Democrats in opposing the effort.

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.

"There's a reason this has never been done before in the modern era", said Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity.

As politically useful as it may be to retain parts of the law, many conservatives have started asking whether the Republican Party is abandoning its core principles. "And then you go to conference and iron out the differences".

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, is resolute on that issue: "I would not entertain that notion", he said.

"I will always keep an open mind on working to repeal the federal government-controlled healthcare system and replace it with a patient centered bill that has real reforms and makes health care more accessible and affordable to all OH families".

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus acknowledged that GOP House members could face some criticism but predicted they would ultimately be "rewarded" by voters for having addressed what he described as the failures of the current health care law. "It's something now people have a sense the government ought to guarantee".

Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) is defending his vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, telling constituents at a town hall meeting Saturday there is "misinformation" about its replacement.

Price said during appearances on two Sunday talk shows that Medicaid was fundamentally flawed.

Cassidy said on Fox News Channel's "Sunday Morning Futures" that he hopes a bill could be sent to Trump by the fall.

McConnell has included himself in a group of 12 GOP senators essentially tasked with privately producing a bill that can pass the Senate.

She also restates her opposition to any bill that denies Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood but pointed to several other concerns with the House bill, including whether it offers affordable coverage for people with preexisting conditions. "But most importantly, it's us trying to fix a real problem that real people are experiencing in this country". Rob Portman, R-Ohio. "I continue to have concerns that this bill does not do enough to protect Ohio's Medicaid expansion population".

Another ad launched unusually early in the congressional re-election season comes from AARP, and targets House Republicans, warning that people with pre-existing conditions could face premium hikes of as much as $25,000 a year under the House-passed bill.

Even so, Manchin said Senate Republicans haven't yet asked Democrats to work on a bill. Republicans in the past often framed the debate in terms of personal freedom, choice and liberty - as opposed to the soft tyranny that can come through well-meaning laws. That explains why their arguments have shifted to explaining how the law is failing rather than how it is a betrayal of the American tradition.

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