Paul Ryan: 'Rescue Mission' is Underway for Health Care

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The bill's passage buoyed President Donald Trump, but the measure appeared headed for an overhaul in the Senate.

"Speaker Ryan today said that he hoped that the Senate would improve the House bill", Collins said.

Speaking at a news conference Sunday in Manhattan, where she was joined by health care advocates and New Yorkers fighting long-term illnesses, Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) pressed her Republican colleagues to oppose the GOP health care replacement plan that was approved by House members in a 217-213 vote Thursday. 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 CBO concluded after reviewing an earlier version of the House bill that an estimated 24 million consumers would lose coverage over 10 years.

But Collins said she thinks the upper chamber will "come up with a whole new fresh approach that solves the legitimate flaws that do exist with the [Affordable Care Act]. but it will keep some benefits of the ACA". "The Senate is starting from scratch. We're going to draft our own bill".

"There are no cuts to the Medicaid program", Price said on CNN's "State of the Union". The Obama-era law expanded Medicaid with extra payments to 31 states to cover more people. The House bill halts the expansion, in addition to cutting federal spending on the program.

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". 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.

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The House bill "will be modified here if for no other reason than the rules, the reconciliation rules, would require it", Sen. The ad will focus on key elements of the American Health Care Act and thank Ryan and fellow Republicans for "keeping their promise" on the health care issue, the group said.

Collins also took issue with the bill's failure to adjust the size of its tax credits based on people's income or where they live.

"The Republican health plan provides families with more choices, better coverage, and lower premiums", the spot says, describing the plan as one that eliminates "expensive mandates" and protects people with pre-existing conditions - a sticking point of the health care debate.

He also claimed that Obamacare "was a lie and it is dead".

Ryan mentioned how repealing Obamacare and overhauling American health care was a promise Republicans have made in past elections and that this was fulfilling a promise to voters. Ryan said the House vote was one part of a "multistage process".

Collins, however, noted that the credits aren't adjusted for variations in income and geographic regions across the U.S. That "really hurts a state like ME, where we have an older population" living in rural areas where health care is more expensive, she said.

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