Delay in court case deepens health insurance uncertainty

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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. "I hope we learned something from the American Health Care Act and we do the work up front and earlier".

Weekly surveys tracking registered voters' opinions on who they trust more to handle health care - congressional Democrats or Republicans - show the GOP trending in the wrong direction. "In 2018 and '19, we'd basically be a rescue team to make sure people can buy insurance". Republicans want to repeal the Obama-era tax penalties on uninsured people deemed able to afford coverage. It's perhaps the part of Obama's law that Republicans most detest.

"If we can't do the real thing, we'd have to do the next best thing", Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said of short-term legislation.

Instead of just knee-jerk resistance - the format Democrats have chosen in the first 100-plus days of the Trump administration - we implore Casey and other Democrat senators to join in the substantive input needed to improve the bill.

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Time is important, especially with Trump's problems distracting lawmakers.

The payments are "critical" to the success of the health marketplaces established by that law, insurance companies have testified to Congress.

House Republicans who brought the case are now in an ironic position of not wanting to be responsible for a sudden loss of coverage by millions of people with ACA health plans.

Last year, the House was unable to put a budget resolution on the floor for votes after conservatives demanded $30 billion in immediate spending cuts that moderates rejected. Eager to reduce premiums, many want to roll back Obama mandates such as requiring insurers to cover specified services, including substance abuse counseling, but there are questions about how far to go.

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—Continued protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions and sustained federal funding to offset the cost of care for the sickest patients.

The administration needs to announce a commitment to pay the subsidies through 2018.

The Congressional Budget Office plans to release its estimate Wednesday of the House health care bill's cost and how it would affect coverage.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, the architect of the bill, claimed that Republicans had received two CBO scores for the current bill during his appearance on ABC's "This Week". Democrats targeted both reductions as unfair. His budget proposal is expected to follow the House Republican plan, which calls for an $800 billion cut to Medicaid over the next decade. Before the AHCA hit the Senate, moderate and conservative senators spoke out against the bill, voicing numerous same concerns GOP representatives had previously articulated. Senators, who are in the beginning stages of writing their own repeal and replace package, have admitted that process could take months or more.

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If the final House bill doesn't meet those targets, the filibuster protections will vanish unless the House approves a new version that does.

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