Colbert rips GOP House members for passage of American Health Care Act

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"9 years ago we said it's really flawed.They said we know that, we'll fix it.they never got around to fixing it". "Because without what we had, we would still be in debt, and we would forever be in debt, I have a feeling".

The Republican senator voted in favor of the new bill. "We are protecting everyone with pre-existing conditions no ifs, ands or buts about it and so the final product here is really a healthcare plan that will serve America for decades", said Representative Chris Collins of NY, a Republican.

MAN: The bill is passed and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table.

A freshman congressman from New York's Hudson Valley and Catskills Mountain region, Faso had been considered a critical "yes" vote for Republicans. Rob Portman of OH, says he doesn't support the House bill as written.

"The bill that Republicans passed today is an absolute disaster".

The replacement plan then goes to the Senate for a vote.

"We're not going to lose any coverages in Maryland".

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Democrats warned that the changes will leave Americans worse off.

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The White House had pushed hard for a vote, and Trump got personally involved in last-minute maneuvering. It also required them to cover ten essential health benefits such as maternity care and prescription drugs. States can only drop those things if they show it would improve the market.

The top 11 states with the highest percentage of people that have pre-existing conditions all voted for President Trump.

The funds would be used to help fund "high-risk pools" aimed at absorbing some of the costs for people with expensive conditions, like cancer.

"The $8-billion (R108-billion) amount is a pittance". It is a lie.

After the bill was passed, President Donald Trump, who had promised that pre-existing conditions would be covered by the bill, called it a "great plan."

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LISA DESJARDINS: Republicans countered, charging their opponents were ill-informed. That could allow them to impose annual and lifetime coverage limits, which are prohibited under Obamacare, and get rid of certain annual out-of-pocket spending caps. "Congressman Jenkins strongly supports coverage for pre-existing conditions, mental health care and substance abuse treatment".

LISA DESJARDINS: The bill would have sweeping other effects.

An analysis by Gov. Cuomo's office estimates that the House GOP's American Health Care Act - which faces substantial changes in the Senate - would deprive the state of $6.9 billion by 2020.

LISA DESJARDINS: As House members debated the measure inside the capitol, protesters gathered outside.

Mr Trump made overturning Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act a cornerstone of his 2016 campaign but was frustrated as two efforts to push a Republican bill through the House failed.

As for House Republicans, they left the Capitol en masse, with smiles, headed to a one-week recess.

However, the new bill could affect the coverage options drastically.

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