House shifts national health-care attention to the Senate, says Jonathan Bernstein


The American Action Network is going up with a $500,000 buy that touts the health plan, known as the American Health Care Act, and thanks Ryan and Republicans who supported the measure in its narrow passage out of the House last week.

One proposal from a Republican congressman may have swayed some undecided members in favor of the bill - the amendment would add $8 billion over five years to cover insurance for people with pre-existing conditions.

The Trump administration on Thursday landed the first mortal blow on Obamacare, the national healthcare law that affects every American and almost a fifth of the national economy, with the Republican-majority House of Representatives voting for a new legislation to replace the Democrats' signal achievement. Collins' absence from the working group is particularly surprising, since the ME senator has taken a leading role in crafting one of the few fully fleshed-out alternative proposals to the House's bill.

Trump called the bill as "a great plan and I think it will get even better", saying a couple of times - "Make no mistake: this is a repeal and replace of Obamacare".

Most health care groups, doctors groups and hospital groups have come out in opposition to the bill.

With so many things that could qualify as a preexisting condition, people on social media got honest about their health, and exactly how their health could change if the Senate passes the health care package that was just passed in the House. The plan is backed by President Donald Trump. Perhaps the cruelest twist of this bill is that it will use most of the $1 trillion over ten years which would have gone to provide health care and health coverage to low- and middle-income Americans to provide tax cuts for the wealthiest among us.

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Critics claim the new legislation could make health care unaffordable, cause people to lose coverage - which Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price denied on Sunday - and could go down as a major political blunder when the 2018 midterm elections roll around. There'd be a Senate bill.

The bill as passed by the House moves in the opposite direction, but Mr. Trump presented it differently.

The bill makes three key changes regarding pre-existing conditions, Medicaid, and benefits.

The bill may not be able to pass the Senate.

Cost is something that is weighing heavily on everyone's minds as the health care debate continues and it's the reason many lawmakers are supporting or opposing the current plan.

The long-running USA health care debate now moves to the Senate, where the fate of the repeal effort is uncertain.