GOP senator says Senate will take 'new, fresh approach' to health care


Mick Mulvaney, Trump's budget director, said the House bill is unlikely to be the version that ultimately clears the Senate and ends up in front of the president.

It's "Trumpcare" now, and Republicans have to answer for it. They all know what is going on.

The House passed the American Healthcare Act on Thursday, 217-123, a bill which would repeal certain parts of Obamacare including terminating fines on people who don't purchase policies and erasing taxes on health industry businesses and people with higher earnings.

During the daily White House briefing, deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the Trump administration expects the Senate to make some changes, "but we expect the principles and the main pillars of the healthcare bill, as it exists now, to remain the same".

"Not only would this jeopardize insurance availability for the one-third of Americans who have preexisting conditions", said DeGette, "it would let insurance companies deny coverage altogether for maternity, for emergency room, for mental health, and for other essential benefits".

The White House on Sunday scoffed at Democratic claims that voters will punish Republicans in the 2018 elections for upending former President Obama's law.

Some Republican lawmakers already have faced hostile receptions from constituents anxious that the bill could cause thousands of unnecessary deaths and leave those who already are sick vulnerable to vast premium increases.

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West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said Sunday that he and fellow Democrats acknowledge problems with ObamaCare and that's they be willing to help revise the 2010 health care law.

"We think we need to do even more support for people who are older and also more support for people with pre-existing conditions", he said.

And at the same time, the Republicans had begun to show that perhaps they can come together and govern the country now that they control Washington in full. Dramatic cuts to Medicaid are expected to kick millions of poor people out of the public health program, and provisions that undermine protections for ill people price sick people out of the market altogether. "It is remarkable, and we will be reminding people of it".

As Arlington Rep. Joe Barton, a Republican, put it: "The Byrd rule was put in place by Senator Byrd to give the bird to the House".

Outside Washington, the Trump resistance mobilized quickly. And that could immediately take out some of the House bill's most controversial components.

"Thanks to Speaker Ryan's leadership, conservatives kept their promise and are now one step closer in delivering quality, affordable care and rescuing health care from total collapse", said Corry Bliss, American Action Network's executive director, in a statement.