More than two-fifths of American voters oppose the new Republican legislation aimed at repealing and replacing Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a new poll has revealed.
The Senate's healthcare working group includes the Republican leadership, several committee chairmen and a combination of conservatives such as Ted Cruz of Texas and more moderate Republicans from politically important swing states such as Rob Portman of OH and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
But the first step in that climb may have been a big one - a lone Democrat has come forward, saying that he's at least "open to the idea" of repealing and replacing Obamacare rather than simply fixing it. President Donald Trump also campaigned on that promise, though he also promised a wider, cheaper and more effective health care system if he were elected. "I'm really very anxious that in the rush to judgement we create a major health care problem for people". This insurance underwriting practice is now banned by the Affordable Care Act, and is one of the health law's most popular provisions. Health analysts question whether the extra $8 billion the House bill provides over five years for high-risk pools will be enough.
He went on to ask, "What are we celebrating?"
Sen. Susan Collins of ME, a moderate Republican whose vote will be critical to getting a bill to Trump's desk and who voiced similar concerns, said the Senate would not take up the House bill.
The study finds that "individuals with even relatively mild pre-existing conditions would pay thousands of dollars above standard rates to obtain coverage". 130 million Americans have a pre-existing condition. Of the 217 Republicans who backed the bill, 14 come from districts carried by Democrat Hillary Clinton past year, and 24 serve in districts where Trump did not win more than 50 per cent of the vote.
The version of the AHCA that passed in the House included an amendment that gives states the option to waive out of the Obamacare mandate that prevents people from preexisting health conditions from being charged higher coverage prices. Here's what you need to know. 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.
"This is a first step in fixing the issues of the high out-of-pocket costs of health care premiums and the bureaucracy of the ACA, though it is not a flawless bill", Stivers said in a statement regarding the bill.
For his part, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said during an interview with "Fox News Sunday" that he spoke with members of the Senate working group and is certain they will draft legislation that's compatible with what the House passed. Make signs arguing how the AHCA will hurt you and those around you, and get to the streets to talk to residents and government employees about what they can do to help defeat the bill.
They cited concerns about potential higher costs for older people and those with pre-existing conditions, along with cuts to Medicaid.