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ObamaCare repeal bill narrowly clears key House hurdle

20 March, 2017, 05:05 | Author: Mae Harvey
  • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee D-Texas and the House Budget Committee works on the Republican health care bill on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday March 16 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan was the one who first introduced the bill, and he seemed very confident early on that the bill would pass through the House at least.

Republicans have been divided over the American Health Care Act, the GOP's bid to repeal and replace Obamacare.

The big picture debate over Obamacare and the replacement is one that has been around for decades, according to Mr Strazzella: "mandating ability to purchase versus the ability to access healthcare".

Republicans in the House of Representatives presented a bill called the American Health Care Act to the Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan, independent agency that rates the financial feasibility of bills that are to be put to a vote in the two houses of Congress. The analysis also concluded that a total of 54 million people would be uninsured by 2026, roughly twice as many people now uninsured under the Affordable Care Act.

Trump pointed to rising premiums on Obamacare plans this year, as much as 100 percent or more in Arizona, as evidence that the health-care law is a failure and needs immediate replacement. "As written the plan leaves too many from my #SoFla district uninsured".

The CBO report, compiled along with staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, also determined the Republican proposal would save money for taxpayers and refuse federal deficits by $337 billion from 2017 to 2026.

"And we're going to take care of people at all levels", he said. GOP divisions also threaten the legislation in that chamber. Once that came out, there was a risk of losing even more members of the Republican party to back the bill once voting commences.

Congressional leadership wants to have the bill passed within a month.

Criticism cascaded from both ends of the GOP political continuum, suggesting leaders face a festering problem. The bill offers "relief from hundreds of billions of dollars in health care taxes that have crushed our workers and job creators", said Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Tex.), the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee in the House, said in a statement last week.

The four governors' states have all expanded Medicaid, which the House GOP bill would phase out through an enrollment freeze starting in 2020.

Yarmuth argued that Republicans weren't presenting a healthcare bill but an "ideological argument" that neglected the vulnerable individuals while giving tax breaks to the wealthy.

The CBO report contradicts those claims, stating that the individual market for health insurance is stable under current law, but provides little new detail on the system as it exists today.

Finally, they want to repeal all of Obamacare's taxes as soon as possible, rather than waiting until next year. The current figure is only about 12 million, and many in the industry believe the old CBO projection is unrealistic.

Speaking on Fox News, Gary Cohn, director of the White House National Economic Council, said: "We will see what the score is, in fact in the past, the CBO score has really been meaningless".


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