House passes Obamacare repeal

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The momentum appeared to carry over beyond health care. Pope St. John XXIII declared the right in Pacem in Terris and Pope St. John Paul II reaffirmed the right in Centesimus Annus.

But Republicans have pointed to the number of insurance companies who have pulled out of state-run exchanges, leaving consumers with few choices and rising prices for health insurance in many states.

"We will continue to work with Congress as this bill moves over to the Senate to ensure that any final legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act improves our health care system in a thoughtful and responsible way, rather than dismantling coverage for our most vulnerable residents".

But the bill does allow insurers, in limited circumstances, to charge more for a health condition that existed before the patient's coverage starts if that person has had a lapse in insurance.

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Schumer said he believes the amendment in the legislation that would allow states to drop the requirement that pre-existing conditions be covered, would violate the provision, known as the Byrd rule. We speak with Margarida Jorge, co-executive director of Health Care for America Now and Health Care for America Now Education Fund, and Monica Simpson, executive director of SisterSong, a women of color reproductive health collective.

All that said, it is clear that the Affordable Care Act is in trouble and needs to be fixed. (The Hill journalist Molly Hooper later said she misquoted Priebus, and that he had said "punch" instead of "punt").

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Many millions have been forced to give up their plans and doctors. The bill caused media and public outcry in large part due to it's reinstatement of pre-existing condition language that Obamacare had removed, insurance coverage for the vast majority of American people needing health care. The block grant would be more restrictive since the funding level would not adjust for increases in enrollment, which often happens in bad economic times.

This general trajectory is all to the good, and ought to be supported. "It's not fair and it is a mistake to defund Planned Parenthood".

Both the Republican conservatives and the Democrats wanted to make a point they had not been heard during the long budget process, but by Friday morning, both sides felt they had largely made their point.

A bill that proposes such sweeping changes was passed without any hearing, and giving hardly any time for the lawmakers to study or discuss it. But with this bill, their rates could go way up. "We never had the driving force of a president we knew would sign the repeal bill", Cantor says.

The Center for American Progress estimated how much annual health-insurance premiums would rise for a 40-year-old with certain pre-existing conditions. Again, this enacts our concern for the least among us. That last-minute addition was key to winning support from some House Republicans who were especially concerned about coverage for pre-existing conditions. Some parishes are trying to deliver care to this population on their own, but they simply can not meet the need.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch is focused on the "art of the doable" as his chamber takes up the health-care bill. "This is an extremely important debate with significant implications for millions of Americans. What do you you want me to do, cut it to $5,000 a year?".

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