But the bill faces an uncertain future in the Senate, where Republicans have a narrow majority and several members have suggested they will develop their own plans.
The White House says it will practice patience as Senators propose changes to the bill before voting.
While the rest of the industrialized world maintains a single-payer health care system, and generally sees health care as a right, the USA continues to be an outlier. "Now, I'm calling on the Senate to take action".
"We're going to draft our bill, and I'm convinced we will take the time to do it right", she said. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who has been friendly with Trump, said Sunday that he was distressed that no Democrats have been asked to work on the bill in the Senate. "This is a crisis", he said Sunday on ABC's This Week. "I doubt the Senate would pass it".
"We're not going to rush it", Republican Senator John Thune of South Dakota said. And Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), a co-chairman of the moderate Tuesday Group, is set to hold a town hall in his district this week.
Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-3rd Dist.), whose proposal on the state waivers led to approval of the Republican measure, said the Medicaid cuts are created to force states to try hold down health care costs.
It would dilute consumer-friendly insurance coverage requirements, like prohibiting higher premiums for customers with pre-existing medical conditions and watering down the subsidies that help people afford health insurance.
As WCBS 880's Mike Smeltz reported, U.S. Sen.
Rob Portman of Ohio, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Cory Gardner of Colorado and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are among the other GOP senators opposed to cutting Medicaid, the federal-state health care program for the poor and disabled.
"The fight now is urgent, and for thousands upon thousands of families right here in NY, it's literally a fight to stay alive", Gillibrand said.
She first thought it was a cold, but it turned out to be life-altering. And no one should underestimate the damage that passing this bill merely through one chamber of Congress will do to the existing health-care system.
It could be another Obamacare foe awaiting Nelson next year. "It's not fair and it is a mistake to defund Planned Parenthood". "I don't know what insurance options will be available to me when I am 26".
It is, therefore, good that the measure passed in haste by House Republicans and cheered by Trump - who likely hasn't read the legislation and won't, but just wanted a win - isn't going to look the same should it emerge from the Senate. "Clearly AHCA fails in this regard and in fact would cause considerable harm to the very people who need access to affordable care the most". It's entirely unclear what the Senate parliamentarian - an unelected official who single-handedly makes major decisions on the reconciliation process - will allow, and what Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans will do if the parliamentarian turns what the House has done into Swiss cheese by stripping various provisions from it.
The prospect of states taking advantage of the waivers is also not lost on Democratic leaders, who have said they will therefore make preexisting conditions a campaign issue in gubernatorial and state legislative races, according to The New York Times. There'd be a Senate bill.