By Jill Jackson
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House GOP Health Bill Could Put Coverage Out of Reach of Millions
The House of Representatives on Thursday voted narrowly to do away with the Affordable Care Act, replacing it with a healthcare bill that would dramatically roll back Medicaid, provide hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts to the wealthy, gut protections for patients with pre-existing conditions and add tens of millions of Americans to the ranks of the uninsured. The legislation passed by a 217-213 vote, with 20 Republicans and every Democrat opposed. House Speaker Paul Ryan rushed the vote at the request of President Trump, before the Congressional Budget Office had a chance to “score” the bill, meaning Republicans voted in favor of legislation whose full impact remains unknown. Speaker Ryan hailed the vote as an historic achievement.
Speaker Paul Ryan: “A lot of us have been waiting seven years to cast this vote. Many of us are here because we pledged to cast this very vote.”
President Trump celebrated passage of the bill in a Rose Garden ceremony with Republican congressmembers, saying the legislation would lower healthcare premiums. But a Center for American Progress analysis found that surcharges on premiums for patients with pre-existing conditions could rise by over $140,000 for some cancer patients, while some women could see a 450 percent rise in the cost of insuring a pregnancy. The legislation would also block Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood for one year unless the women’s health group agrees to stop offering abortions.
Opponents of Republican Healthcare Bill Vow to “Vote Them Out”
After the bill’s passage, members of the Democratic caucus led a protest against Republicans outside the Capitol, chanting “Vote them out!” This is Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Sen. Bernie Sanders: “President Trump, you do not stand with the working class of this country when you throw 24 million people off of health insurance, when you raise premiums for older workers, when you defund Planned Parenthood and when you cut Medicaid by $800 billion. And then, on top of all of that, you give $300 billion in tax breaks to the top 2 percent. That is not standing with the working class of this country. That is going to war against the working class of this country.”
The healthcare bill faces a steep climb in the Senate, where Republicans control just 52 out of 100 seats. We’ll have more on the House healthcare bill after headlines.
Banging Pots and Pans, Protesters Target Trump’s Return to New York
In New York City, thousands of protesters marched Thursday to the USS Intrepid, a decommissioned aircraft carrier on the Hudson River, where President Trump later met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. It was Trump’s first return to his hometown since the inauguration. Protesters banged pots and pans and chanted anti-Trump slogans as police cordoned off streets near the site of Trump’s visit. This is Jennifer Epps-Addison of the Center for Popular Democracy.
Jennifer Epps-Addison: “This is the most hateful president our country has ever seen. His work is targeting immigrants and young people and poor people and the elderly. And we’re here to build a country that really stands for every single person who lives within its borders. So we’re here to say we resist this regime, we resist the politics of hate, and, instead, we’re here to build a country that’s based upon opportunity and freedom and equity for everyone.”
President Trump Praises Australia’s Universal Healthcare System
President Trump arrived at his meeting with Prime Minister Turnbull more than three hours late, after Trump lingered in Washington to celebrate the House’s passage of healthcare legislation. At a joint appearance, Trump praised Australia’s healthcare system.
President Donald Trump: “We have a failing healthcare—I shouldn’t say this to our great gentleman and my friend from Australia, because you have better healthcare than we do.”
Australia has “universal healthcare,” with a government-run healthcare system known as Medicare, which is funded in part by a tax on wealthy Australians.