Victory meant more to the GOP than the health of millions — LUPICA

It's "Trumpcare" now, and Republicans have to answer for it.

Democrats are giddy about what could be severe political consequences for the Republicans.

"Republican Senators will not let the American People down!", he wrote on Twitter. Chief among them: a guarantee of paying the same amount for coverage regardless of health history. This allowed House Speaker Paul Ryan and others to frame it as a humane, less expensive reform measure that represents a huge improvement on Obamacare. Lindsey Graham would not tip his hand on how he plans to vote: "Only after a careful review of the legislation, as well as discussions with the interested stakeholders across SC, will I know the answer to that question".

The American Healthcare Act (AHCA) is out of the House with 217 GOP lawmakers supporting the new healthcare legislation. So the health bill's passage could augur high-stakes spending and policy fights ahead. "This is going to be very hard to walk back from".

THE FACTS: One of the bigger changes to health care under the Republican plan is that it would allow insurers to consider the health risk of customers applying for new coverage if they had a recent gap in coverage.

The potential fallout crystallized nearly immediately.

Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME, who has been working on her own healthcare plan, said she was reaching out to moderate Democrats to try to find common ground.

He said the bill's been online "for two months".

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"Health care affects everyone in this country and we need to try to get it right. What they care about is that we are absolutely addressing this opioid crisis in the most aggressive and effective manner possible".

Democrats need to flip 24 seats between now and the 2018 elections to take control of the US House. It also empowered conservatives who many Republican leaders had hoped to marginalize in the era of Mr. Trump.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME, however, says she's not so certain the House plan would protect people from higher costs. Approximately 14 million of the 24 million people expected to lose coverage from the AHCA bill are now covered by Medicaid via Obamacare's Medicaid expansion. Consider that the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, AARP - just about every organized medical group - opposes the bill.

The AARP warned that the GOP plan institutes an "age tax" and jeopardizes coverage for 25 million older Americans with pre-existing conditions.

The process alienated committee chairmen, whose work took a back seat to the efforts of the elusive chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, Representative Mark Meadows, Republican of North Carolina, and it chipped away at their authority. "It's the sort of things that cowards do, and the Republicans in Congress and in the statehouses are cowards".

Cannon: It's not like we have one side that wants people to have health care and one side that doesn't want people to have health care. There are several Republican senators who are not on board.

Outside Washington, the Trump resistance mobilized quickly.

Fortunately, House Republicans worked to significantly improve the GOP bill that had been proposed and rejected by the House a few weeks ago. They had delivered on their end of the promise to repeal and replace, which to them became the modern equivalent of "Give me liberty or give me death".

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