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The losers, on the other hand, are poor people, older Americans, state governments and hospitals.
“We want to get it right,” Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said on the Senate floor. “There will be no artificial deadlines.” But the GOP’s narrow control of the chamber will complicate efforts to draft a bill.
President Donald Trump hosted lawmakers in a Rose Garden celebration, which are usually reserved for major legislative victories.
Democrats started signing “Na na na na, hey, hey, hey, goodbye…” as the legislation passed the House, predicting that it could spell electoral doom for some Republicans who voted to pass the American Health Care Act.
Six weeks ago, House Republicans could not muster enough votes to pass their health bill and pulled it from the floor. What happened to turn that failure around? Behind-the-scenes negotiations focused on amendments that could persuade the right-wing Freedom Caucus to back the legislation. In the end, Republicans wanted to deliver a win for President Donald Trump and on their pledge to repeal Obamacare.
Media outlets offer a look at what actually is in the legislation.
After embracing the Affordable Care Act, there’s a lot to lose if the Senate doesn’t change the American Health Care Act. Meanwhile, residents react to the vote.
Because half of them represent districts that backed Hillary Clinton, Democrats see an opportunity to hold the vote against them in the future.
Some political analysts and community advocates say members of California’s Republican congressional delegation, which voted unanimously for the House bill, could be haunted at the polls.
House Republicans can say they kept their campaign promise to replace Obamacare, but they’re counting on the Senate to backstop them.