House GOP Health Care Bill Faces Bumpy Road in the Senate

Don’t let America down on health care Trump tells Senate Republicans

Don’t let America down on health care Trump tells Senate Republicans

Unfazed by protesters shouting "Shame on you!", Trump and Republicans celebrated after the bill passed the 216-vote threshold, with just one vote to spare - something that had seemed nearly impossible for the administration just days ago.

As the bill passes on to the Senate, several Senators have expressed apprehension over the bill in its current form.

Twenty Republicans voted against the AHCA, which received no support from Democrats.

"We don't have big insurance companies and big drug companies, and the kind of wealthy individuals that are going to benefit from this $600 billion tax giveaway", he said.

Democrats are convinced the GOP repeal bill jeopardises the Republican monopoly in Washington, starting with majority control of the US House, and the party's advantages in state houses from Nevada to New Hampshire.

"If people need help getting health care we ought to give them help".

The Administration has previously said it wanted to get health care passed in order to move on to tax reform.

The House vote had an instant impact on political forecasts. The changes now put two dozen Republican seats in the competitive category, including one marked as leaning to the Democrats.

The US House of Representatives on Thursday narrowly approved a Bill to repeal Obamacare, handing Republican President Donald Trump a victory that could prove short-lived as the healthcare legislation heads into a likely tough battle in the Senate.

Still, take the changing forecasts as an early warning signal for the Republicans. Trump's base remains supportive of the president, but there's little dispute that the Democratic base is more energized than the Republican base.

"I've already made clear that I don't support the House Bill as now constructed because I continue to have concerns that this Bill does not do enough to protect Ohio's Medicaid expansion population", said Republican Senator Rob Portman.

Obamacare was signed into law by Obama on March 23, 2010.

The bill received zero support from House Democrats who say the AHCA jeopardizes lives by cutting funding for Medicaid and limiting protection for citizens with pre-existing conditions.

Rep. Ken Buck, a Republican, sits on the rules committee that heard debate on the bill and amendments. The first of the grassroots protests were held in House Speaker Paul Ryan's Wisconsin district hours after Thursday's vote. Her open seat in Miami is considered a prime pick-up opportunity for Democrats.

Under the new bill, states decide whether insurers can charge higher prices for people with preexisting conditions.

When Republican lawmakers talk about health care the word "choice" invariably comes up a lot, as if buying insurance is an activity akin to buying lunch at the Cheesecake Factory. It will be up to the Senate to find a safer path.