Republicans told to unite and kill Obamacare

It's 'Trumpcare,' and GOP faces political fallout

Although the current bill was approved before the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office could review the measure, Gillibrand cited a study the office issued in March that indicated 24 million Americans would lose their health coverage over the next decade under an earlier version of the bill that was never voted on.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins reiterated to ABC's "This Week" that the Senate will take its time considering the bill, because the upper chamber will be "starting from scratch" on healthcare legislation.

"Progressives are going to hang this around the necks of every one of those Republicans", said Angel Padilla, co-founder of the liberal group Indivisible. "They'll find out that their Congress person voted to take away their healthcare". The bill now goes to the Senate.

"We cannot allow people in this country to go with inadequate health insurance or with no health insurance, because no matter how old you are, something like this could happen to you", he said.

"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellTrump to nominate two energy regulators More than one-third of Americans oppose GOP healthcare bill What moderate GOP senators want in ObamaCare repeal MORE (R-Ky.) on Monday signaled that the upper chamber would take its time on legislation for reforming the USA healthcare system".

The potential fallout crystallized nearly immediately.

And then you add to this, the fact that in many states, Republican governors have expanded Medicaid, and part of this bill, at least the House version, would severely limit how much is available to these states to keep expanding or even keep Medicaid where it is. Kim raised more than US$43,000 [NZ$62,000] online over the last week for a possible run.

"If they can get rid of the word 'repeal, ' Democrats can sit down", Machin, facing 2018 reelection in an increasingly conservative state, said on CBS's "Face the Nation". Her open seat in Miami is considered a prime pick-up opportunity for Democrats.

"We will want to make sure people who have bad health care status, who have a preexisting condition, get affordable coverage, " Ryan said.

Major medical and other groups, including the American Medical Association, opposed the House bill.

About 2.2 million people in the individual insurance market have some sort of pre-existing chronic condition, according to Avalere. States that apply for and receive such waivers may use federal funds to set up state government-operated insurance programs called high-risk pools to cover patients with health issues who have let their insurance policies lapse.

The bill that passed the House of Representatives last week sparked celebrations among the GOP faithful, but its future is far from certain as it faces the political landmines of the Senate.

Second, Democrats haven't exactly gotten their own house in order: The antics of House Democrats mocking their Republican counterparts during Thursday's vote was as premature a declaration of victory as what took place in the Rose Garden later that day.

"The ads will run on Facebook and Instagram in order to expose what is in this bill and why it's a awful deal for hardworking Americans", the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said in a statement. Outgoing Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, condemned the Republican measure as "woefully short".

Outside Washington, the Trump resistance mobilized quickly. Trump's base remains supportive of the president, but there's little dispute that the Democratic base is more energized than the Republican base.

"There's already a lot more energy and engagement among Democratic voters, and this is going to put the enthusiasm gap on steroids for Democrats", said Democratic pollster Geoff Garin, who advises Priorities USA, a top liberal political organization.

However, he also seemed to make a point of giving the Senate time to make changes, despite Trump's strong desire to fulfill his campaign promise of repealing and replacing ObamaCare.

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