Healthcare debate continues as Trump returns to the White House

09 May 2017, 07:57 | Noah Barnes

Former President Barack Obama speaks after being presented with the 2017 Profile in Courage award during ceremonies at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Boston.

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

If the bill passes the Senate, people will either be denied coverage or charged extortion prices if they, for example, become pregnant, develop cancer, or suffer depression while without insurance.

"This is a step away from more government control of our healthcare and our day-to-day lives, and a return to freedom for all Americans", said Republican Representative Luke Messer.

In his remarks, Obama said he hopes that lawmakers recognize "it actually doesn't take a lot of courage to aid those who are already powerful, already comfortable, already influential".

Trump celebrated its passage with House Republicans in the White House Rose Garden on Thursday, an unusual move following passage of a bill by one House of Congress.

Kentucky's uninsured rate dropped from more than 20% to 7% after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act amounting to roughly 500,000 people, mostly through expanded Medicaid. Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff, who is trying to score a special election upset in a traditionally conservative House district, said he strongly opposes "discrimination" over pre-existing conditions in response to the vote.

Among the various concerns regarding the new bill is the effect it will have on Medicaid, a program responsible for ensuring health care for the elderly and disabled.

The Senate, meanwhile, will write its own health care bill, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in Louisville while attending the Kentucky Derby.

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The AHCA allows insurers in states that offer a high-risk pool option to charge people with pre-existing conditions more for insurance if the patients do not maintain continuous coverage.

That might seem self-evident, as it's exactly what Republicans have been saying the past six years.

They put "billions upon billions of dollars into high-risk pools to buy down any premium that they would have to pay for, and that's just in the House bill", he said.

Both spoke on ABC's "This Week".

Ryan acknowledged the Senate is likely to make changes to the House bill. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that 24 million would lose coverage under the original version of the AHCA.

"These are the same who said he wasn't going to win". She says senators will "come up with a whole new fresh approach".

Ryan defended a provision in the bill that barred insurers for charging more for preexisting conditions as long as individuals did not have a lapse in their health insurance coverage, arguing that "you can't say for healthcare in America one size fits all". Too many people who are insured have premiums that exceed their mortgage payments and deductibles north of $6,500 that have to be met before their insurance even kicks in.

Breitbart News asked Sanders during a Thursday press gaggle if the President will be as involved getting the health care bill passed in the Senate as he's been in getting it passed in the House.



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