Millions of Americans - including some Athens County residents - could lose health coverage after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a Republican-sponsored health care bill, the American Health Care Act, on Thursday. Every Democrat in the House opposed it, as did 20 Republicans.
The Congressional Budget Office is expected to report soon that the new House bill, like the old House bill, will result in as many as 24 million fewer people with coverage than under current law.
Wrangling on the bill now shifts to the Senate, where Republicans, who hold a slim majority there, say they are readying their own health care measure. The House bill halts the expansion, in addition to cutting federal spending on the program. Orrin Hatch trying to lower expectations of quick action, a new version of health care reform might rise.
The Republican, whose healthcare bill narrowly passed in the House on Thursday (4 May), said USA healthcare would "soon be great" in a tweet dismissing the current system.
Some senators have already voiced displeasure with the health care bill that cleared the House last week, with Republicans providing all the "yes" votes in the 217-213 count.
"Well, first of all, the House bill is not going to come before us".
The GOP bill "basically lets the states be the bad guys and deny coverage of people with pre-existing conditions", said Maher angrily.
While it's unclear what, if anything, will survive of the bill, the portion that deals with preexisting conditions is getting a lot of play on social media. "Legislators and governors will have to answer for that".
Many changes will have to be made, and those who support Catholic teaching on health care have a particular opportunity to make their voice heard in a way that will not only make the bill morally defensible, but actually give it a chance to pass.
Rep. Francis Rooney, R- Fla., is an advocate for AHCA and on Saturday told Fox News: "I think it's the best option we are going to see".
Rep. Julia Brownley of California, the ranking Democrat on the Health Subcommittee of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, said, "While I am deeply concerned about many aspects of this bill, the rush to put politics ahead of people, and the impact it could have on our veterans as a outcome, is simply shameful". "I'm just not sure what it means", Deborah Graham, a practice manager for Orlando Urology Associates, said Friday.
Chuck Grassley of Iowa, a senior Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, said it will take weeks or maybe months for the Senate to develop a plan because many lawmakers in the chamber haven't yet engaged on the issue. She also said it would be "not fair" and "a mistake" to defund the women's health clinics Planned Parenthood. "Deductibles will be coming down".
"This is a great plan. And ultimately, that's what it's all about".
Health care has reverberated in some special elections this spring, including in the race for the congressional seat in Georgia that was vacated by Tom Price when he became Trump's secretary of health and human services. He added that the new dynamic "is consistent with past scenarios that have generated a midterm wave" and "almost a mirror image of 2010".
That concern is shared across the health care field. The Kaiser Family Foundation's most recent poll showed that 48% of Americans want to keep the existing law and improve it; only 41% want to repeal and replace it.
"Younger, healthier and middle- to higher-income self-employed workers will do better", says Steve King, a partner in Emergent Research in Lafayette, California, which studies independent workers.
President Donald Trump urged Senate Republicans on Sunday to "not let the American people down", as the contentious debate over overhauling the USA health care systems shifts to Congress' upper chamber, where a vote is potentially weeks, if not months, away.
Political experts said it will likely be a major makeover.