On Thursday, the House Republicans finally earned enough votes to pass a GOP-approved health care bill, making good on one of President Trump's key campaign promises.
"In the healthcare area, the repeal effort has weakened the protection of people with pre-existing medical issues and could leave 24 million Americans who now have health insurance without coverage", West said, referring to the Obamacare stipulation that insurance companies are not allowed to refuse coverage to anyone with pre-existing medical conditions.
The decision was made by a tight 217 to 213 vote, with 20 Republicans and all House Democrats opposing the bill created to put an end to former President Barack Obama's legislative legacy.
Think Trump will save us from that? Concern has focused in particular on women's health issues, and especially pregnancy. The House GOP bill allows states to seek waivers of some Obamacare mandates, potentially permitting insurers to consider health history and increasing charges for those with a gap in coverage.
The measure brings President Donald Trump's party a step closer to scrapping the law, but it will probably face major amendments in the Senate. "Nobody dies because they don't have access to health care". That means McConnell can afford to lose just two senators; Vice President Mike Pence would vote to break a 50-50 tie in his constitutional role as vice president of the Senate.
If the Senate parliamentarian decides a portion of a bill runs afoul of the Byrd rule, it could be nixed.
Collins' comments came on the same morning that Trump administration officials and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., made several indefensible claims about the bill they championed, despite widespread condemnation from experts, wariness from industry and concern from more sensible members of their own party.
In fact, Democrats in the House began singing, "Na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye" - a rowdy suggestion that Republicans will lose seats in the congressional elections next year due to their vote.
"Why don't we say take repeal off the table and get Democrats and Republicans in the same room for weeks or months if necessary or longer and let's work on improvements to the bill?"
Instead they assembled for a photo-op in the White House Rose Garden, the first time that a president celebrated when a bill passed only one chamber of Congress. House Republicans pushed through the health care bill with only a vote to spare and no Democratic support - reminiscent of the passage of the so-called Obamacare law it unraveled. It gave incentives for people to game the system by buying coverage after they got sick.
The American Health Care Act strips tax credits from 7 million veterans that were put in place by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The Senate has said it plans to essentially gut the House's version of the bill and rewrite its own. "At this point, there seem to be more questions than answers about its consequences", said moderate GOP Sen. It was a perilous journey, and its Senate pathway will be at least as bumpy with little doubt the measure will change, assuming it survives.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) had tweeted Thursday that the bill "should be viewed with caution" because it had not been scored and had only three hours of final debate. They would be left to the mercy of whatever system their states would design to catch those who fell through the bill's wide cracks.
Meadows said tax cuts should be offset by cuts to entitlement programs including Social Security and Medicare, which Trump has promised not to touch.