GOP lawmaker cautions health care bill is Obamacare 'tweak'

Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., called the health care bill passed last week by the U.S. House "very troubling".

It took Republicans nearly two months to cajole their own representatives into voting for the party's plan to gut Obamacare, but getting the bill passed in the Senate could be far more challenging.

Less than half of Republicans, or 48 percent, by contrast said they support the AHCA, as did 18 percent of independents and six percent of Democrats, the poll found.

The current bill would allow states to jettison two of the ACA's consumer protections: a rule forbidding insurers to charge customers with preexisting medical conditions more than other individuals, and a rule that requires insurers to include specific "essential health benefits" in all plans sold to individuals and small businesses.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined the entire democratic caucus in a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, urging them to work in a bipartisan transparent way to reform and improve the health care system.

Just 11 percent of respondents said they believe the AHCA will cause health insurance costs to go down.

Well, the good news for Republicans is that a new poll shows that more American voters approve of their Obamacare replacement plan compared to March. Earlier he had asked the moderate Republicans in the House, "Why would you risk a yes vote for a bill that is devastating to your constituents and has virtually a minuscule chance, virtually no chance of becoming law?"

A recent Quinnipiac University survey reported that 56 percent of those polled expressed disapproval of changes proposed to Obamacare. "The second attempt wins the support of 21 percent of voters", he said in a statement.

In response to the ObamaCare repeal attempts in Washington D.C., California legislators have begun the process of implementing a "single-payer" system in the state.

The shift in financial responsibilities could mean that more Americans could lose insurance coverage under TrumpCare than the amount that were able to acquire health insurance under ObamaCare.

Meanwhile, a group of 13 senators backed by Republican leadership is hoping to bridge the divide between conservatives and centrists by keeping everybody focused on the GOP's promise to "repeal and replace" the PPACA.

"First, GOP leadership and rank-and-file members are united in their desire to repeal as numerous ACA's taxes as possible - particularly the 3.8 percent net investment income tax - as part of healthcare reform and NOT tax reform", the commentary said. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 points.

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