KY Health Advocate Weighs in on GOP Health Plan

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It's "Trumpcare" now, and Republicans have to answer for it.

On Thursday, the US House of Representatives narrowly, 217 to 213, passed the bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA).

The Swing Left funds are earmarked to aid Democratic candidates in 35 swing districts represented by GOP representatives who voted for the AHCA. Budget analysts estimate 24 million people would lose insurance over a decade, 14 million in the first year, and older Americans would face higher costs.

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".

"Progressives are going to hang this around the necks of every one of those Republicans", said Angel Padilla, co-founder of the liberal group Indivisible. "There are a lot of traditions in the Senate that people have been loath to change", he said. "This is going to come back to bite them".

The outspoken and immediate skepticism points to a long road ahead in the Senate for the House bill.

The potential fallout crystallized nearly immediately. There are several Republican senators who are not on board. That is likely to lead to more frustration for President Donald Trump, who has already expressed disappointment in the slow-moving ways of Congress.

House Republican Conference chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers highlighted her son's Down syndrome to show that the Republican goal of protecting people with pre-existing conditions was "a personal mission" for her.

And Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said over Twitter: "A bill - finalized yesterday, has not been scored, amendments not allowed, and 3 hours final debate - should be viewed with caution".

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Outside groups prepared to launch an advertising campaign in the coming days to punish vulnerable Republicans in key states.

Almost every major medical group, including the American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association, and the AARP advocacy group for older Americans, strongly opposed the Bill.

The study finds that "individuals with even relatively mild pre-existing conditions would pay thousands of dollars above standard rates to obtain coverage".

The vote to repeal former president Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement, which enabled 20 million more Americans to get health insurance, was Mr Trump's biggest legislative win since he took office. "It is remarkable, and we will be reminding people of it". The first of the grassroots protests were held in House Speaker Paul Ryan's Wisconsin district hours after Thursday's vote. Trump's base remains supportive of the president, but there's little dispute that the Democratic base is more energized than the Republican base.

"For seven years the Republicans have been promising, 'If only you elect us, we'll repeal Obamacare, ' " Cruz said in a radio interview on Saturday.

Some Republicans maintain that the GOP had no choice.

"One of the reasons that we're pushing so hard to replace ObamaCare. one of the promises we're making to people is that the healthcare that we will be providing will actually be sustainable and be there", he said on CBS's "Face the Nation" when asked what kind of promises are being made to those who now get healthcare through ObamaCare.

We have no illusions about the flaws of Obamacare, but those flaws stem from its reliance on for-profit insurance companies to provide medical coverage for the sick and needy.

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