Senate wary on 'Obamacare' repeal, bumpy path ahead

Last weekend, Donald Trump said the American Health Care Act "guaranteed" coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, but CNN pointed out that it was unclear whether he knew what he was talking about. Maybe this is why the American Medical Association and most major medical associations, as well as the AARP, opposed this terrible bill.

Normally, that would spell failure. That means he will only need Republican votes, which is all he can rely on anyway since Democrats are refusing to participate in dismantling Obama's law.

If the Senate doesn't make changes to the bill, the resulting policy will "threaten GOP majorities in Congress" and "damage the credibility of free market health reform for a generation", writes Roy.

Ever since enactment of the Affordable Care Act - sometimes called Obamacare - in 2010, Republicans have pushed to repeal the law, the largest expansion of health care in 50 years. Sure, Republicans have a favorable map in the Senate in 2018 and favorable maps in the House (thanks to redistricting) until 2020, but the initial reaction to Thursday's vote is that Republicans will have a hard time selling this bill to the American people before the mid-terms. "Nobody wins with this vote - that's the damnedest part", he said.

White House expects Senate to change healthcare bill, but retain principles
There's at least one more option for moving a health-care bill through the Senate: killing the 60-vote filibuster for legislation. The House bill was written by Republicans representing districts often drawn to incorporate strong majorities of GOP voters.

Boyle was one of the first House members out of the blocks with a statement after the vote on what he dubbed "Trumpcare".

The sweeping, 1,665-page bill also increases spending for NASA, medical research, and the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies.

"The various patchwork solutions offered by lawmakers would still leave the millions of patients we represent, who have serious and chronic health conditions, at risk of not being able to access life-saving treatments and care", a group of 10 patient advocacy organizations said in a release on Wednesday. The bill includes billions of dollars to help those people, but experts say it's unlikely to be enough.

That is, the 217 GOP House members who voted for the bill. Twenty voted no, joining 193 Democrats. In 2017, House Republicans have passed a bill that would strip that health care from tens of millions of people.

Defense Department identifies Navy SEAL killed in Somalia
A Somali soldier patrols next to the burnt-out wreckage of a auto that was used by suspected al-Shabab fighters on April 16, 2017. As of late 2016, dozens of individuals from Minnesota's Somali community have been recruited by al-Shabaab, Fox News reports .

Democrats passed Obamacare after a year of debate. Around two-thirds of the state governments are under control by the GOP. It begins with admitting that any plan that expands coverage is likely to cost more, especially if young, healthy people can't be persuaded to buy in.

In the end, passage mattered less about how the bill played in public polls - poorly - or among key interest groups - almost all opposed.

Rep. David Cicilline said the passage of the new bill was the "cruelest and most immoral thing" the GOP had done to the American people. "Republicans have become a deeply ideological party ... and they don't care what interest groups think; they are going to press ahead". The AHCA could lead to huge cuts in federal funding of Medicaid, which now covers more than 75 million Americans. While we still have the highest number of people without health insurance, under Obamacare, Latinxs reached historic gains. People living with a host of medical conditions are anxious about the future of their coverage if the Republican plan becomes law. "People won't feel this - good or bad - until well after the election".

Israel says Palestinian hunger strike leader ate in secret
They launched their protest to demand improved conditions, including family visits, better medical care and phone access. He says guards stepped up punishment, seizing all personal items and leaving prisoners "with nothing except their beds".

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