America stares at a health scare


"Senators that are Republicans have expressed grave doubts about the House bill", said Chris Borick, a political science professor at Muhlenberg College in Allentown.

However, he also seemed to make a point of giving the Senate time to make changes, despite Trump's strong desire to fulfill his campaign promise of repealing and replacing ObamaCare. 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 spot directs viewers to call a number that connects to the Capitol switchboard.

No Democrats are expected to support a bill that repeals significant portions of ObamaCare.

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McConnell plans to move forward under special procedures that allow legislation to pass with a simple majority vote, instead of the 60 usually required for major bills in the Senate. They include maternity care, outpatient care, doctor's visits, prescription drugs, mental health services, hospital visits, physical rehabilitation, lab testing, and pediatric care.

A review of an earlier version of the House bill by the Congressional Budget Office estimated 24 million Americans would lose coverage, many by the rollback of the Medicaid program and the phasing-out of billions of dollars states have received to help cover their premiums.

The Republican, whose healthcare bill narrowly passed in the House on Thursday (4 May), said USA healthcare would "soon be great" in a tweet dismissing the current system. Some don't like its easing of Obama coverage requirements on insurers, and others think its tax credits must be redirected toward lower-income people.

The new proposal would give states the ability to "opt out" of covering pre-existing conditions. "We must prevent this cruel and risky bill from ever becoming law", Gillibrand said.

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As many can imagine, this vote is going over well with many who have pre-existing conditions and are at risk of losing their health insurance. John Cornyn (R, Texas) says there is "no deadline" for their bill yet, and that they're more concerned with "working toward getting 51 votes".

Tom Price, secretary of Health and Human Services, assured us that all people would have "access" to health insurance. President Donald Trump has pressed for this option, which would enable passing bills with a simple majority.

"Both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate have said this plan is no good", Schumer said.

The bill keeps the government funded through the rest of the fiscal year, which ends September 30, and prevents a shutdown of many parts of the federal government that would have begun at midnight.

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