GOP senator says Senate will take 'new, fresh approach' to health care

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Democrats also targeted Republican governors in Democratic-leaning states, including Maryland's Larry Hogan, who did not take a public position before the House vote.

He also defended a House provision allowing insurers to charge older customers five times or more than they charge younger consumers, which has drawn the ire of AARP and other critics.

"I don't support the House bill as now constructed", said Sen.

Um, yeah. That's how it always works with major legislation, especially when the issue at hand is as complicated as this one is.

No one really knows how much it will cost.

"At this point, there seem to be more questions than answers about its consequences", Sen.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME, a moderate Republican whose vote will be critical to getting a bill to Trump's desk and who voiced similar concerns, said the Senate would not take up the House bill.

Republicans should be happy the House finally voted to repeal and replace Obamacare. Among the vulnerable: two-term Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., who helped revive the bill by authoring a key amendment on pre-existing conditions.

Millions of Americans breathed a huge sigh of relief when House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the Trumpcare (American Health Care Act) bill from a final vote on March 24.

Details aside, the bill would undermine health-insurance markets by increasing uncertainty for insurers who are trying to determine what plans to sell - if any at all - in the months ahead.

The GOP bill is correctly opposed by a number of physician and health care groups, including the American Medical Association.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., appeared resigned to the legislative reality that the bill he unveiled with great fanfare, after years of Republican pledges to replace what's become known as "Obamacare", will be altered as part of a "multistage process".

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The ABC anchor said the AHCA cuts $900 million in taxes for individuals who earn over $200,000 annually, while also cutting $1 trillion in subsidies for Medicaid.

"Despite what people are saying, House Republicans aren't seeking to strip these protections - or anyone's protections - away", she wrote in the Washington Post.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said it was "irresponsible" for Congress to consider legislation that she she said will reduce federal funding for Medicaid. Collins and Lisa Murkowski will hold out for a more centrist bill.

The version of the American Health Care Act was passed in the House on Thursday by a vote of 217 to 213 without an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office, which would determine its cost and impact on insurance coverage. "Who do you think is going to be affected by that?" And once it gets done, either or both sides of the negotiation will probably be called sellouts by their followers. "It's not getting through the Senate", Senator Bernie Sanders fumed on Twitter.

But none of this should be surprising, and the media are being very disingenuous in presenting this as if it's unusual. But on the day of the bill passing through the House, it was hard to find many lawmakers enthusiastic about the final product. Most ratings went from "likely Republican" to "lean Republican" or from "lean Republican" to "toss up".

"You're on the right track", Cassidy told Kimmel.

- Second, Democrats haven't exactly gotten their own house in order: The antics of House Democrats mocking their Republican counterparts during Thursday's vote was as premature a declaration of victory as what took place in the Rose Garden later that day.

Passage of Obamacare in 2010 energized Republican opponents far more than it energized Democratic supporters, but Democrats believe Republicans will carry an added disadvantage this time.

"Progressives are going to hang this around the necks of every one of those Republicans", said Angel Padilla, co-founder of the liberal group Indivisible.

Trump's political advisers calculated that it was less damaging electorally for congressional Republicans to pass a bill that some of their constituents see as deeply flawed than to have passed nothing at all.

I disagree with those who say most Republicans secretly like ObamaCare and want to keep it, but I do think it's true that there are enough of those to keep you short of 50 votes to pass repeal - unless some palms are greased.

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