Republicans in Congress claim an amendment improves their controversial health care bill but the analyst says the GOP once opposed the idea.
In a press conference announcing the new amendment, House Speaker Paul Ryan said the new amendment showed the House GOP was moving forward with its plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, the healthcare law officially known as the Affordable Care Act. AHCA gets rid of the mandate which, according to the GOP website "forced millions of workers, families, and job creators into expensive, inadequate Obamacare plans that they don't want and can not afford".
Republicans in the House will head home on Thursday morning for an over two week Easter break without a deal on a GOP health care bill, as lawmakers acknowledged their inability to forge an agreement may foreshadow more difficulties later this year on big pieces of President Donald Trump's legislative agenda.
Almost 55 per cent of Americans now support Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act, up from 42 per cent in November, a new Gallup Poll found. It also helped slow the rate of increase in health care costs, The ACA is working very well in Washington state and in many other states, especially those states wise enough to take advantage of Medicaid expansion.
These include an Affordable Care Act provision prohibiting insurance companies from declining to write policies for people with serious diseases. According to some recent polling data, this phenomenon would also hold true in the event of a health care crisis. "Critics say it's a formula for weakening Medicaid, which now covers about 70 million people", an NBC explainer stated.
About 12 percent of people in New Mexico are uninsured. There is still a door of opportunity open if the Grand Old Party will stand up and fight for not only their constituents, but the American people as well and be the party of principle and the party of our esteemed Constitution to bring our country back to our republic.
Another Republican, Michigan Representative Justin Amish, said that the AHCA is "Obamacare 2.0".
He said he's one of many people who have decided that expanding the Medicare program to cover all Americans - not just those 65 and older - is a good solution.