"The safest thing to say is there will be a Senate bill, but it will look at what the House has done and see how much of that we can incorporate in a product that works for us in reconciliation", he said.
The Congressional Budget Office expects to release a cost estimate for the House-passed American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628) the week of May 22, the nonpartisan group announced recently. After initial celebration - including a rally in the White House rose garden with the president - House members have taken a beating when returning to their home districts.
The shift in financial responsibilities could mean that more Americans could lose insurance coverage under TrumpCare than the amount that were able to acquire health insurance under ObamaCare.
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Now the House plan moves on to the Senate, where additional improvements are expected. Earlier he had asked the moderate Republicans in the House, "Why would you risk a yes vote for a bill that is devastating to your constituents and has virtually a minuscule chance, virtually no chance of becoming law?"
Hardliners want to gut the option that let some states use Medicaid for people who could not buy into the Obama program.
The latter would require more federal oversight and state management. Health insurance giant Aetna said Wednesday it wouldn't participate in any Obamacare exchanges starting next year, citing millions of dollars in losses. The bill retains Obamacare's rule that people can stay on their parents' private insurance plan until age 26, so many students who aren't covered by the university's plan likely won't be affected either. At the last minute, $8 billion also was added to help people with preexisting medical problems who live in states that revert to letting insurers charge such customers higher rates. "Patients with pre-existing conditions will not be denied insurance, nor should they ever be". Those figures increased to 74% disapproval and 18% approval if the plan increased the deficit, which experts say it will.
Senate Republicans have already stated that the House bill will be getting a major overhaul and are reportedly working on portions of Obamacare that are popular with the public.