Trump Celebrates With GOP Lawmakers At White House After House Passes Republican-Backed Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) — The House of Representatives  passed the latest Republican-revised health care bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

GOP lawmakers finally had the votes they needed to pass the American Health Care Act.

The deal will provide an additional $8 billion to help people with pre-existing conditions pay for health insurance.

 

Republicans headed to the White House to celebrate the victory with President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden. Republican lawmakers even had a “case of beer standing by” to celebrate at the Capitol.

During the Rose Garden celebration, Trump said the Republican lawmakers standing behind him were an “amazing group of people” who “worked so hard” on passing the bill.

“This has brought the Republican Party together. We’re going to get this finished,” Trump said.

Trump added, “I feel so confident” the Senate will pass the bill.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said at the White House that Obamacare is “spiraling out of control.”

“This law has failed and is collapsing,” said Ryan.

Beaten but unbowed, Democrats insisted Republicans will pay at election time for repealing major provisions of the law. They sang the pop song “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” to the GOP lawmakers as the end of the voting neared.

A fierce debate over health care took place on the House floor as Republican lawmakers rallied support behind the new health care plan.

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House leaders called for a vote after winning over some last-minute holdouts.

“We have enough votes,” said Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-California. “It will pass.”

The measure skirted through the House by a thin 217-213 vote, as all voting Democrats and a group of mostly moderate Republican holdouts voted no. A defeat would have been politically devastating for Trump and Ryan.

The bill would reduce subsidies for low-income Americans and eliminate taxes on the wealthy. There is also an age-based incentive with this new measure hoping to encourage young people to buy insurance by offering a tax credit for those making less than $75,000 a year.

While GOP lawmakers believe they’ve sweetened the deal, some Democratic Pennsylvania lawmakers aren’t buying it. Rep. Dwight Evans says his vote was an unequivocal no.

“I’m voting no,” said Evans.

“This is a fraud this bill and we’re gonna fight it with all we have,” said Sen. Bob Casey.

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A major sticking point surrounds the pre-existing conditions clause in the current plan. Under the new deal, states can choose to allow insurers to charge higher rates for people with pre-existing conditions, but only if the states set up high-risk pools to help with the costs.

“They say, ‘Oh no, it’s still in there, but the insurance company can charge you whatever you want. Oh you have cancer? That will be $100,000 a year for your policy,’” said Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon.

This is a tremendous reversal of momentum for a measure that was twice pulled back from a vote for lack of support.

Ryan canceled a March vote on the health care bill because disgruntled conservatives said the measure was too meek while GOP moderates said its cuts were too deep.

He abandoned a second attempt for a vote last week. As late as Tuesday The Associated Press counted 21 GOP opponents — one short of the number that would kill the measure if all Democrats voted no.

Over the past few weeks, the measure was revamped to attract most hard-line conservatives and some GOP centrists. In a final tweak, leaders added 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.

GOP candidates including Trump have made repealing Obama’s statute an epitome of their campaign pledges, claiming it’s a failing system that’s leaving people with rising health care costs and less access to care.

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Republicans will “gut Obamacare and rescue the American people,” said Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga.

Democrats defended Obama’s law, one of his crowning domestic achievements, for expanding coverage to 20 million Americans and forcing insurers to offer more generous benefits. They said the GOP measure would toss millions off coverage while delivering tax cuts to the wealthy.

“How can you do this to the American people, how can you do this to the people you represent?” asked Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated in March that the GOP bill would end coverage for 24 million people over a decade. That office also said the bill’s subsidies would be less generous for many, especially lower-earning and older people not yet 65 and qualifying for Medicare.

A CBO estimate for the cost of latest version of their bill will not be ready before the House conducts its vote.

Earlier this week, moderates objected that constituents with pre-existing conditions could effectively be denied coverage by insurers charging them exorbitant premiums.

But GOP leaders seemed to win over a raft of wavering lawmakers after adding $8 billion over five years for state high-risk pools, aimed at helping seriously ill people pay expensive premiums. That was on top of $130 billion already in the bill for states to help customers, though critics said those amounts were insufficient.

The House overwhelmingly approved a second bill that Republicans wrote to snuff out a glaring political liability. The measure would delete language in the health care measure entitling members of Congress and their staffs to Obama’s coverage requirements, even if their home states annul them.

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  1. Rich Seibert says:

    Why Repeal if We are Going to Replace?
    The Constitution does not grant the federal government any authority to meddle in our health care, so it wouldn’t matter even if the Republican replacement plan were a good one.
    In 2014, Gruber candidly declared that the legislation was written in a way that was designed to deceive the American people and to exploit “the stupidity of the American voter.”Let me ask the simple questions: do you believe that government is a truth-teller?
    Do you believe that government intervention in a marketplace makes the market more efficient and just?
    Do you believe that government is the solution to our economic problems?
    If you do, then maybe Jonathan Gruber is right. Maybe you need someone like him, or your favorite political party, to lie to you for your own good.
    The operative clauses to look up here are Article One, Section Eight of the Constitution and the Tenth Amendment. It will only take you about six minutes to read and understand that any replacement of Obamacare is more than just a Republican betrayal for American health care; it is a dangerous and tyrannical trespass into American homes and lives.
    Make no mistake, repealing Obamacare is the Congress’s duty, and to replace it is the action of tyrants.
    http://freedomoutpost.com/why-repeal-if-we-are-going-to-replace/

  2. Rich Seibert says:

    Folks, even the most cursory research shows immediately that Trump is and always has been fully in favor of so-called “universal” or “single-payer” healthcare. These psychopathic fools have no intention of ever undoing Obamacare – only making it worse.
    I’m sorry, but if you were dumb enough to think that Trump or the congress would ever, ever, ever unwind the biggest racketeering matrix in human history, you deserve what you get. Keep writin’ those quarterly tax checks! I’m sure if the Republicans can just pick up a few more seats… OH. WAIT.

    http://www.barnhardt.biz/2017/03/25/back-to-work/

  3. Tony Konte says:

    Repeal Shmeal I call B.S.

  4. Mark David says:

    I love President Trump. The right man, at the right time, for the right job. His word is his bond with the American People.

  5. Search “How Government Solved the Health Care Crisis” by Roderick T Long. There is nowhere in the U. S. Constitution where it says that the Federal government should have anything to do with our health care or how we pay for it.

  6. Just remember that NO ONE in the House or Senate read the ACA Obamacare monstrosity. Without reading it EVERY Democrat voted for it, and NO Republican voted for it. All who voted for ACA Obamacare should be arrested and tried for fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud, and dereliction of official governmental duty.

  7. Ty Roark says:

    As someone in my early 60’s it makes no difference ACA started it, I could no longer afford insurance they offered $34,000 a year, so I went with a catastrophe plan $2500 deductible no preexisting coverage and saved $26,000 a year. So I guess we are going from worst to bad?

  8. Yay! Make medical care Free Market and Affordable again!

  9. With $5,000 deductibles, premiums as high as private insurance before Obamacare, and only 1 insurer to go to in many states the Democrats were still touting Obamacare as the greatest thing in medical history. Millions could not afford it early on and even fewer now. The program was designed by Obama and the liberal left to implode into single payer insurance but they never ever expected the Republicans to own the House, Senate and the Presidency. The expectation was that Hillary would win, call Obamacare not working and impose single payer government run insurance for all. Not going to happen. Thank you Democrat party for Hillary Clinton, The DNC hit squad and the whining, crying Hollywood crowd. Without these we may not have won!

  10. Focus now shifts to Senator McSquidsworth and the need for backbone. A month ago if was all giggles among leftists. Now more auto-mindless criticisms from that quarter…its up to the Republicans in the Senate.

  11. Stu Pedasso says:

    I see that WH victory lap as premature. NOW the House needs to get busy and introduce bills to allow shopping for insurance across state lines, buying insurance through bargaining groups and perhaps a second bill to cap malpractice awards. ALL of those will result in lower premium costs, improve coverage and solve the preexisting condition issue.

  12. smartyjones1 says:

    Democrats seem very angry. They don’t seem to care about the ObamaCare implosion and the disaster for millions of Americans swept up into garbage plans with sky high deductibles and annual out of pocket costs making their “plan” all but unusable.

    The Senate better pass this bill!

  13. Steve Wilson says:

    There is no repeal here. It simply replaces one entitlement with a new one. Changing the name subsidy to refundable credit doesn’t change a thing.

  14. The democrats are very sure of themselves and their no votes. I am pretty sure they have to pass it before they can even see what is in it. So what’s the problem?

  15. mikey0 says:

    NO………the headline is a LIE. Nothing was repealed. Except maybe a couple provisions here and there. I bet the Secretary of HHS still has veto authority over any health care decision. I do not want the government in my health care…… why does anyone?

  16. Hiram Floss says:

    cue the lying, screaming, hateful lamestream “media” talking heads and celebrities in 3….2…..1

  17. Speaker Pelosi. Get used to it.

  18. So from the looks of it. So called conservatives vote on a bill that adds $8 billion to the debt and at the same time keeps the federal government in control of the healthcare business… Can anybody explain to me why this is a victory for conservatives and small government, as these same congressmen drink tax payer bought champagne as if its a victory for the country?

  19. larnconner says:

    “Beaten but unbowed, Democrats insisted Republicans will pay at election time for repealing major provisions of the law.”

    The media should remind everyone it was the DEMOCRATS that RAMMED Obamacare through in the first place and it’s failing and needs replacing because DEMOCRATS RAMMED it through before anyone could read it.

  20. Boycott Colbert’s sponsors and CBS all together. “Deface The Nation” is the new Late Show.

  21. I’m guessing we won’t hear the media shrieking that the Democrats are obstructionists trying to bring the government to a halt.

  22. John Dillon says:

    “We have to pass it to find out what’s in it.” MOST IGNORANT statement ever made by a sitting representative in history. Pathetic.

  23. Mike Arvand says:

    The American people will celebrate – when and if – the insane obamacare healthcare costs come down. And we get to actually keep our pre-obamacare health coverage.
    This is step one. make sure you get through the rest – or it won’t only be the democrat party that’s committing political suicide these days.

  24. Brian Osburn says:

    May the 4th be with you! AWESOME NEWS! #MAGA!

  25. Steve Wilson says:

    Refundable Tax Credits are OTHER PEOPLES MONEY. They are what allows millions to get more from the IRS than they pay in. This new Republican health plan is an ENTITLEMENT.

  26. About damn time!

  27. Jack Georgia says:

    Do I feel liberal tears falling on my shoulders after Democrats threw Americans under the bus inflicting Obamacare on citizens?

  28. “When you’re down and out, Lift up your head and shout,There’s gonna be a great day!!!”
    – Thank you, President Trump, for saving America from the horrors of socialized medicine, which NEVER works.

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