Bumps Ahead for 'Obamacare' Repeal as Americans Air Worries

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashAmash: At best, GOP plan makes ObamaCare "less bad" Amash: "A lot of exaggeration" from both sides on health bill Live coverage: Trump, GOP take victory lap after ObamaCare repeal vote MORE (R-Mich.) said Saturday that "at best" the newly passed GOP healthcare plan will "make Obamacare less bad", calling it "only marginally better" than the Affordable Care Act.

Democrats are giddy about what could be severe political consequences for the GOP.

America has the only healthcare system in the world created to avoid sick people.

They're fearful of higher premiums or losing coverage altogether.

But the version of health reform that the Senate will send back in the coming weeks or months will likely look very different from the legislation the House passed Thursday.

From a campaign perspective, Democrats are happy that Republicans such as Yoder voted yes on the healthcare bill because they can weaponize it in ads and fundraising appeals, said Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato's Crystal Ball, a nonpartisan newsletter at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

That helps explain why the American Medical Association and other medical organizations are anxious that many people will lose their coverage under the House bill.

The potential fallout crystallized nearly immediately.

Republican pollster Neil Newhouse, who completed focus groups in OH on Thursday evening that briefly touched on this topic, concluded that there was "considerable confusion over what was in the legislation". And it's required to cover people with pre-existing conditions with no extra costs.

"I would like to see us put together a bipartisan group to solve this problem, of Democrats who acknowledge there are problems with the current law, that it is not working well in several states, and Republicans who also want to make sure that we're not reducing coverage and we're giving flexibility", Collins said on ABC's "This Week".

There's no doubt big votes like this can have long-term effects when it comes to elections. She said there should be "no barrier for coverage" for people with pre-existing medical conditions and that the House's tax credits "do not adequately take into account income levels" or regional differences in health costs. Her open seat in Miami is considered a prime pick-up opportunity for Democrats.

Trump and House Republicans aren't patriots. In Yoder's suburban Kansas City district, protesters opposed the bill and others who supported it faced off outside his offices last weekend. The American Academy of Pediatrics warns the bill could "completely devastate a family financially and leave those who need care unable to access it". The bill would also roll back subsidies for individual insurance premiums, end federal payments for states to expand Medicaid for the poor and disabled, and cut more than $700 billion in taxes over 10 years.

Patient advocacy groups are warning the American Health Care Act will make it hard for people to access and afford health insurance.

"Whether or not they are able to forge a positive, personal and working relationship will be one of the early tests of this", Michael Steele, the former Republican National Committee chairman, told The Washington Post.

"They have no intention to honor what they ran on", he declared.

The House bill was written by Republicans representing districts often drawn to incorporate strong majorities of GOP voters.

Outside Washington, the Trump resistance mobilized quickly.

Republicans are claiming a triumph by pushing their legislative centerpiece scuttling much of President Barack Obama's health care law through the House.

Newhouse added that the Democrats in his focus groups "seemed to be in a mood to punish those who supported the AHCA" and were "more energized and focused" than the Republicans. But she still felt the vote put her political future in peril.

Some Republicans maintain that the GOP had no choice.

In the years since, our political polarization has grown significantly, and the Affordable Care Act became fodder for right-wing talk radio and the Republican Party, which gained electoral seats on the promise of repealing "Obamacare".

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