Why 60 percent of small-business owners want Obamacare repealed

The bill proposes setting aside an additional $8 billion over five years to help states cover those who may be subject to higher insurance rates because they've had a lapse in coverage. The GOP legislation would limit the financial help Obamacare makes available to middle-class households for buying insurance.

The bill would shift power to states to set some health insurance rules, slash Medicaid spending by more than $800 billion and cut almost $600 billion in taxes under the health-care law, most of which will benefit the wealthiest Americans.

In the MacArthur-Meadows amendment written by Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-New Jersey), states would be allowed to secure a waiver from the Health and Human Services Department so they could refuse or charge patients with pre-existing health conditions more.

Could simply being a woman be considered a "pre-existing condition?". "Most definitely-[but only] if this bill goes to the senate, doesn't get changed- which is unlikely- and then gets signed", said Dr. Rai. Still, it is making some who are now covered by the Affordable Care Act nervous.

An aide to one of the Republicans on the health care panel told CNN's Dana Bash that they weren't interested in "playing the games of identity politics".

"I continue to have concerns that this bill does not do enough to protect Ohio's Medicaid expansion population, especially those who are receiving treatment for heroin and prescription drug abuse", Portman said in a statement after the House vote. "As to whether or not I got through some of the details in some of the pages, no". "I'm pretty scared to lose coverage". It's the latest issue in a series of gender-based criticisms of Republican actions on health care. The Affordable Care Act, which remains in place, does not permit this. Medical expenses outpaced premiums collected, and losses averaged $5,500 per person enrolled.

Carrying a baby also carries some risk, so insurance companies see pregnant women as risker - and more expensive - customers when they apply for coverage.

Now she worries that protections under the Affordable Care Act that made sure certain essential health benefits, like insulin prescriptions, could be eliminated.

Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., predicted a long road ahead for his chamber as they work to corral the disparate groups of skeptics and come up with a bill that at least majority can support. The Republican health plan also is expected to raise premiums for older people, who are more likely to have a pre-existing condition.

Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who chairs the Senate health committee, Rob Portman of OH, and Roy Blunt of Missouri, a member of GOP leadership, described the plan even as the House was celebrating passing its repeal after weeks of back-and-forth. Also, federal auditors have not had time to analyze the plan. The proposals could, however, exclude 24 million people from insurance coverage over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office has estimated.

In the past, risk pools have not guaranteed coverage. She said there should be "no barrier for coverage" for people with pre-existing medical conditions and that the House's tax credits "do not adequately take into account income levels" or regional differences in health costs.

Adrienne Standley, the operations director at a start-up apparel business in Philadelphia, is not waiting to find out. Now, Republicans must try maneuvering the measure through a Senate terrain that is different politically and procedurally from the House.

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