House passes Obamacare repeal – Health Care News

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4 May 2017 | 12:47 pm

Update, 3 p.m.—The House of Representatives has approved the GOP bill erasing much of Obama’s health care law, sending the measure to the Senate.

All of Illinois’ GOP representatives—including Adam Kinzinger, Peter Roskam, Randy Hultgren, who were undecided on the legislation—voted for the bill.

The Illinois Health and Hospital Association said in a statement it is “disappointed with the results of today’s vote.

“We have serious concerns that the proposed legislation would cause harm to patients, the healthcare delivery system, the state budget and the state economy,” the association said in the statement. “More than one million Illinoisans have coverage under current law, enabling them to get the healthcare they need when they need it.”

Statements are rolling in from Democrats, Republicans and industry groups.

Gov. Bruce Rauner said in a statement that the bill “continues to be of deep concern to our administration.

“Recent changes did not address fundamental concerns about the bill’s impact on the 650,000 individuals that are part of our Medicaid expansion population, nor have those changes eased the concerns of the 350,000 people in the individual market who are dealing with skyrocketing premiums and fewer choices. We will continue to voice our concerns as the law moves to the Senate.”

Chicago Congressman Mike Quigley, D-Chicago, said in a statement, “This afternoon’s vote on the House Floor can best be described with one word: shameful. Today, Republicans put politics over people by moving forward on a bill with only hours’ notice and without an updated cost estimate. Unfortunately, we know the cost it will have on tens of millions of Americans who will lose health care coverage as a result.”

Hultgren released a statement after the vote. “Maintaining the status quo under a failing law is simply unacceptable. I have had great concerns about this bill, and expressed those to Speaker Ryan and House leadership. But doing nothing isn’t an option, which I why I supported this amended bill as an important next step in the longer process of broader health reform that will benefit Illinois.”

How AHCA will affect Illinois:

Democrats line up to challenge Peter Roskam
Rauner concerned about big cuts in Medicaid spending
Crain’s editorial: No one thinks the GOP health bill is a good idea for Illinois

American Medical Association President Andrew W. Gurman said in a statement the bill “will result in millions of Americans losing access to quality, affordable health insurance and those with pre-existing health conditions face the possibility of going back to the time when insurers could charge them premiums that made access to coverage out of the question.”

Planned Parenthood of Illinois slammed the bill, saying in a statement that the House “narrowly passed the worst women’s health legislation in a generation.”

Earlier coverage:

(AP)—In a startling turnabout, Republicans say they are ready to push their prized health care bill through the House and claim a victory for President Donald Trump, six weeks after nearly leaving it for dead and days after support from GOP moderates seemed to crumble anew.

House leaders planned a vote Thursday on the legislation, revamped since collapsing in March to attract most hard line conservatives and some GOP centrists.

In a final tweak, leaders were adding a modest pool of money to help people with pre-existing medical conditions afford coverage, a concern that caused a near-fatal rebellion among Republicans in recent days. More details are emerging on the bill: today, the Wall Street Journal reported that a little-noted provision of the bill could alter employer plans.

The bitter health care battle dominated the Capitol even as Congress prepared to give final approval to a bipartisan $1 trillion measure financing federal agencies through September.

How AHCA will affect Chicago:

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The health care vote was scheduled after the White House and congressional leaders barraged rank-and-file holdouts with pressure in recent days. A wafer-thin margin seemed likely, thanks to opposition expected from every Democrat and more than a dozen Republicans plus lobbying against the bill by the AARP seniors organization, doctors, hospitals and patients’ groups.

Passage would also send it to an uncertain fate in the Senate, where some Republicans consider the House measure too harsh. Polls have shown Obama’s much-maligned law has actually gained in popularity as the debate over a replacement health care program has accelerated.

“House Republicans are going to tattoo this moral monstrosity to their foreheads, and the American people will hold them accountable,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Read more on Obamacare and Illinois:

Obamacare enrollment ticks up in Illinois
Opinion: Why the GOP’s health care bill is a prescription for trouble in Illinois
Say goodbye to Obamacare as you know it



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