Trump promises unfulfilled by House GOP health bill

"Being a woman is a pre-existing condition in the health care act".

The survey was conducted May 16-22, after the House passed its health care bill May 4.

The Senate's filibuster rule means that Republicans - who control the Senate with 52 seats - can't repeal the entire law. But many GOP lawmakers still want to talk just about premiums.

With polls showing that only about 1 in 5 Americans support the House bill, Republicans have many issues to resolve.

Wading back into the politically suicidal waters of repealing the Affordable Care Act and leaving millions of Americans without health insurance coverage, GOP Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn said on Wednesday that Obamacare will be history "by the end of July".

Most Americans hold an unfavorable view of the House-passed health care bill and want the Senate to change it substantially or block it entirely, according to the latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll. About 30 percent say it should not be passed at all, while another 26 percent say it needs major changes. The margin of sampling error including the design effect for the full sample is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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The bill would accomplish a long-running goal of replacing former President Barack Obama's 2010 Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

"The premium might be lower but there will be benefits missing", said Gary Claxton, a vice president of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, a clearinghouse for health system information. NPR's Alison Kodjak highlights the political danger for Republicans.

Now, larger shares fear the cost of health care for themselves or their families (45 percent), they're ability to acquire and keep coverage (34 percent) and the quality of that coverage (34 percent) would get worse under the GOP plan to scrap the law.

Republicans say the status quo is unacceptable, however, so they have no choice but to usher in market-oriented reforms. I appreciate that so many are actively engaged in the policy process, and I took all these views into consideration in deciding how to cast my vote.

We recently asked you to support our journalism. Almost half (45 percent) believe costs will get worse if the AHCA is passed as a law, while only 16 percent believe they will get better.

KODJAK: Now it's nearly half.

KODJAK: Antos is a health policy researcher at the conservative American Enterprise Institute.

In states that received waivers, insurers could charge much higher premiums for people with pre-existing conditions such as cancer, diabetes, or heart problems. But the budget office also estimated that under the bill, by 2026, 14 million fewer Americans would be covered under Medicaid, which serves the very poor or disabled.

What's more, should millions drop off Medicaid rolls, hospitals should prepare for an uptick in uninsured visitors, warned healthcare consultants with the D.C. -based firm Advisory Board in a letter to their clients last week. "ObamaCare is dead - the Republicans will do much better!" "I have a skin disorder where I break out in blisters", she said, sitting in her wheelchair outside of the room where her weekly group therapy meets at the Community Mental Health Center in Little Rock.