Dems convinced health bill jeopardizes GOP's monopoly in DC

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Simpson and the rest of the party are ready to throw the baby out with the bathwater - some critics of the plan say, without hyperbole, the bill will trigger the collapse of the American health care system - just to keep a political promise?

In this image from House Television, the final total on the vote on the Republicans health care bill is displayed at the Capitol in Washington on Thursday, May 4, 2017. And people living with and affected by HIV will tirelessly take to the streets in solidarity with one another and with everybody who lives with a pre-existing condition and would see their insurance costs skyrocket under the AHCA.

"The House bill is not going to come before us, " Senator Susan Collins of ME said on ABC's "This Week, " adding that the Senate would be "starting from scratch".

The new Republican plan would let some states allow insurers to charge higher premiums for people with pre-existing conditions, but only if those people had a lapse in insurance coverage. At the same time, we must be relentless in our advocacy towards senators who have been handed this ugly excuse for a health care bill, letting them know that support for any legislation resembling the AHCA in its current form will have dire political ramifications.

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus acknowledged that GOP House members could face some criticism but predicted they would ultimately be "rewarded" by voters for having addressed what he described as the failures of the current health care law. So, these Republican governors may be putting pressure on Republican senators to reject what the Republican House did.

The US Senate likely will revise the bill, but 217 House Republicans voted yes.

The Republican plan would replace government subsidies to buy health insurance with tax credits. That bill was covered by insurance because she is under 26 years old and still on her parents plan, a provision of Obamacare. Of the 23 Republicans who sit in districts won by Hillary Clinton last November, nine voted against the House bill and 14 voted in favor of it. Without pulling that off, any chance of improving even a little on Obamacare would be gone, maybe forever.

Collins is a moderate senator whose vote will be important in the narrowly divided Senate. But House Republicans and White House advisers, who are more skittish about fraying the relationships they have cultivated with House conservatives and activists, do not want to shelve or play down the bill that just passed.

It also hasn't yet been analyzed by the Congressional Budget Office to determine how many consumers might lose coverage.

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Joining Gillibrand at a news conference Sunday was Erin Schick, who was working on her master's degree at Columbia University when she came down with something.

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said Sunday that he and fellow Democrats acknowledge problems with ObamaCare and that's they be willing to help revise the 2010 health care law.

Collins cited concerns about potential higher costs to older Americans and those with pre-existing medical conditions.

Despite vocal opposition from almost every major constituency affected by the bill, it was not enough to stop the Republican-controlled House from approving legislation which repeals many critical parts of the Affordable Care Act - the 2010 law known as Obamacare - that has dropped uninsured rates in the United States to historic lows but has not done enough to rein in rising health costs.

The House plan would make dramatic cuts to Medicaid by capping its funding as of 2020, and stop payments to states participating in Obamacare's expansion of the program.

Price says during appearances on two Sunday talk shows that Medicaid is fundamentally flawed.

"We want to get it right, not get it fast and that's the - that's the focus", she said. All told, the bill is expected to cut Medicaid by $880 billion over 10 years.

The CBO has yet to release an updated analysis of the latest version of the bill, which faces an uncertain outcome in the Senate.