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WASHINGTON — It’s the first step toward fulfilling a promise Republican legislators have campaigned on for seven years. But even though the House voted Thursday to repeal major elements of the Affordable Care Act, the effort still faces a number of major political hurdles, not the least of which is that little is known about this legislation’s impacts.

That’s because the GOP leadership muscled Thursday’s vote through before the Congressional Budget Office, the legislative branch’s nonpartisan analytics arm, had a chance to fully assess the latest bill as it had with a previous version.


The legislation now heads to the Senate, where Republicans hold just a two-seat advantage. GOP senators ranging from moderates to hard-line conservatives have expressed concerns about early versions of the bill — some about potential Medicaid rollbacks, others about the prospect of pulling federal funding for Planned Parenthood, others still who said previous versions left too much of the Affordable Care Act intact.

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  • Wow! Biased much? The article is clearly opposed to any change to Obamacare, but rather than describe why you support that abomination, you simply resort to standard scare tactics without addressing the fundamental problems of U.S. health care. Insurers are, of course, the big winners, just as they were under Obamacare and almost every other piece of health care legislation passed in the last 30 years. In fact, they really no longer sell insurance, instead selling enrollment into pre-paid health care plans without the benefit of serious competition among the plans. That’s not really a Republican or Democrat issue so much as a ‘Congress has been bought in its entirety’ issue, yet you don’t address that. The corollary is that rather than discussing health care issues, Stat is simply engaging in partisan politics. Your credibility suffers when your approach is so unbalanced.

  • It’s good to think before you leap. Hatred is an evil trait, it blind you, it cause your mind to be dull. It was so much easier to fix than to repeal and replace. Was the current ACH all bad? Was there nothing good about it that wasn’t worth fixing? There’s a push to remove anything that shows Obama was president of the United States. How can a black man be president of the United States much less the free world?

  • I hope the greedy politicians get sick, and have pre-existing conditions.
    I guess they forgot who pays for their health care.
    yeah they talk about how godly they are in D.C. They only use God when it benefits them.
    Real religious people take care of their sick and poor.
    Shame on you Washington D.C.

  • Being both, epileptic and suffering from a permenant amnesiac disorder, I can’t work. If I am charged for even a fraction of the medications and treatment I rely on to survive, I will, very likely, die. Trump’s presumed triumph could cost a huge number of US citizens treatment, medication and care. A lot of Americans are likely to have family members and friends face the same crisis. Because Trump has never known such problems, himself, and has shown himself cruelly apathetic, he speaks with a voice more and more familiar to those of us who will suffer, some to perish, should he get this passed into law. Donald Trump is a vampire.

  • How does this new health policy affect members of congress and their family. Do they pay for their premiums or they get a free ride do they get special benefits or do they get the same benefits like the all others

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