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House repeal of 'Obamacare' hands hot potato to wary Senate

08 May 2017

President Donald Trump talks with House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 4, 2017, after the House pushed through a health care bill. Texas lawmakers could also lift requirements that insurance plans pay for so-called "essential benefits" - things like emergency room visits or even medication.

The American Care Act, meant to replace the Affordable Care Act, narrowly passed through the House on Thursday (4 May) - but coverage of the victory in the press has earned Trump's ire. It gave incentives for people to game the system by buying coverage after they got sick.

Earlier in the day, the House of Representatives voted on the American Health Care Act. But she noted it is hard to assess the bill because she has not yet seen a Congressional Budget Office analysis.

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For now, one doesn't have to be a fan of the Affordable Care Act or a Democrat to conclude that what happened Thursday did not represent progress toward a better America. This is the second time in the past several weeks that House Republicans have tried to unite behind a new health care bill.

As Republicans crossed over the vote threshold to pass the Bill, Democrats in the House began singing "Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye", a rowdy suggestion that Republicans will lose seats in the 2018 congressional elections due to their vote. However, supporters argue that the new health bill will cut rising premium costs if approved.

The bill has gained widespread criticism from Democrats, who oppose the overhaul of many ACA major provisions.

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According to the Pennsylvania Budget & Policy Center, the revised TrumpCare bill will "strip health insurance from 1.3 million Pennsylvanians; lead to the premature death of 3,250 Pennsylvanians for lack of health insurance, and will threaten the health insurance of five million Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions".

Rep. Diana DeGette, a Democrat, says tens of millions of people will be impacted.

Many governors criticized the plan as making significant cuts to Medicaid funding expanded under Obamacare, which some states used to cover more low-income residents. It puts a cap on federal spending per person-including seniors and children-under Medicaid and blocks Medicaid funds going to reimburse Planned Parenthood for providing preventive care to women. And they are urging the Senate to make some serious changes to that bill.

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"It's going to be an unbelievable victory when we get it through the Senate and there's so much spirit there", Trump said.

House repeal of 'Obamacare' hands hot potato to wary Senate