Republican momentum builds for Obamacare replacement

Republican momentum builds for Obamacare replacement

In an interview with WHTC radio in Holland, Michigan, Upton, a former chairman and current member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said he opposes the House Republican plan because it "torpedoes" safeguards for people with pre-existing conditions. At least 11 others said they were undecided, but all the figures are subject to fluctuation as both sides lobby heavily.

Republican efforts to overhaul the nation's health-care system collided Tuesday with fierce resistance about how it would affect people with pre-existing medical conditions, casting the proposal's future into deeper uncertainty as Republican leaders scrambled to try to salvage it. An amendment that would let states waive some of those requirements has garnered the votes of reluctant conservatives but left more moderate Republicans concerned.

"From day one, I've supported the rights of those with pre-existing illnesses to be covered, and in my view this undermines that effort, and I can't be a part of it", GOP Rep. Fred Upton of MI told reporters Tuesday. Upton said that with the addition of his own amendment, the revised health care bill is "likely to pass". GOP leaders are hoping to create momentum for the legislation - especially among holdout moderates - so they can push it through the House before it breaks for a week-long recess Friday. If no Democrats support the bill, the Republicans can lose no more than 22 Republican votes to pass it in the House. Lance also noted that he has not heard from Trump or Vice President Mike Pence in several weeks.

The president says on Twitter that the country needs to "either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51 (percent)", suggesting more rules changes ahead in the Senate.

After Kimmel's monologue went viral on the Internet, former President Barack Obama piled on, tweeting, "Well said, Jimmy".

"By tampering with this fundamental element of the law, the Republican leadership and White House have touched the third rail of health care politics", he added.

That would be a huge setback for President Donald Trump, who campaigned on a pledge to "repeal and replace" the health law, as well as for congressional Republicans, who have been promising to do the same since the bill became law in 2010. She said the new changes don't improve the bill and instead are "an assault on the good health of the American people".

For decades prior to the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, many Americans were unable to even afford insurance due to their past medical history.

The GOP health care bill would eliminate Obamacare taxes on the wealthy, insurers and others, and get rid of the individual mandate imposed by Obamacare, officially known as the Affordable Care Act.

But he is urging them to pass the bill, declare victory and move on.

High-risk pools have always been a favorite tool of Republicans, but they have a very checkered past. Those bills, however, would require 60 votes in the Senate, which seems unlikely given the opposition from Democrats.

The Senate earlier this year abolished the need for 60 votes to fill a Supreme Court seat, and that got Trump's nominee, Neil Gorsuch, approved.

But the legislative filibuster is the last protection for a Senate minority party, and Republicans know they will someday be in the minority again.

"And if we can not explain to people that that is not going to happen, then it is going to be very hard to ever bring a bill to the floor", added Rooney, who said he is leaning toward voting for the bill.

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