Senate Expected to Give House Health Care Plan the Cold Shoulder


"The House bill is not going to come before us", Collins said Sunday on ABC's "This Week". Ryan argued that "we would spell disaster for ourselves, politically. if we go back on our word".

"First of all, the House bill is not going to come before us", Collins said. "We're going to draft our own bill". Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the Senate minority leader, speaking at an unrelated news conference, also criticized the new health care bill, saying he was concerned the measure would make it more hard for Americans with pre-existing health conditions to find affordable coverage. The American Hospital Association said the bill would destroy Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance program for the poor that expanded under the Affordable Care Act.

However, he also seemed to make a point of giving the Senate time to make changes, despite Trump's strong desire to fulfill his campaign promise of repealing and replacing ObamaCare. "I think that the Republican Party will be rewarded", said Reince Priebus, Trump's chief of staff. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California has threatened that GOP lawmakers will "glow in the dark" over their vote.

A Congressional Budget Office analysis of a previous version of the American Health Care Act - a new version of which narrowly passed the House last Thursday - predicted $880 billion would be cut from Medicaid and 14 million fewer people would enroll in the program in the next 10 years. It would dilute consumer-friendly insurance coverage requirements, like prohibiting higher premiums for customers with pre-existing medical conditions and watering down the subsidies that help consumers afford health insurance.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., seemed resigned Sunday to his chamber's bill being altered as part of a "multistage process".

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Cutting almost $1 trillion from Medicaid will give states the freedom to tailor the program to suit their needs, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Sunday, as he defended a narrowly passed House bill that aims to undo parts of the health care law enacted by the previous administration.

Republicans have a 52-seat majority, meaning they can lose up to two senators, with Vice President Pence breaking a tie. "The Senate will complete the job".

The Republican plan would allow insurers to charge sicker people much higher rates than they do for healthy people under Obamacare, which Price defended as "pricing for what peoples' health status is".

Americans want problems solved and a broken health care insurance system is one of the biggest ones.

"Republican senators will not let the American people down!" he tweeted from his home in central New Jersey, where he spent a long weekend.