Republican lawmakers and administration officials defended the House-passed health care bill Sunday, insisting people with pre-existing conditions will be covered and despite $880 billion in cuts in Medicaid, the poor will have better care.
Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich disagreed, saying he fears what would happen if the measure became law.
The House voted 217-213 Thursday to approve the American Health Care Act to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, something Republicans have been promising since former President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement was signed into law in 2010. The bill was approved before the Congressional Budget Office had a chance to evaluate costs or determine how many people likely would be shut out of the market.
The bill now goes to the Senate where it is expected to be rewritten.
Supporters of the House measure argued though Obamacare enabled people to buy insurance, the deductibles actually put health care out of reach and the fact that carriers were pulling out of the state exchanges, many were left with no providers.
Health and Human Services Secretary said on both NBC’s “Meet the Press” and CNN’s “State of the Union” denied people will lose coverage under the House measure, rather, it will allow people to pick the kind of coverage they want rather than having to buy what the federal government tells them to buy.
“Well what I believe [opponents are] not recognizing is that this is a different and we believe a better way to cover individual with pre-existing illnesses and injuries because it allows for every single person to get the access to the kind of coverage that they want. Look, nobody wants folks who have a pre-existing illness or injury not to be covered,” Price said.
“We want to make certain that we can do it at a lower price and…