The bill's passage was a victory for President Donald Trump toward his promise to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.
A New Orleans attorney with multiple sclerosis fears he'll be forced to close his practice if he loses coverage, while a Philadelphia woman with asthma is looking at stockpiling inhalers.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., plans to move forward under special procedures that allow legislation to pass with a simple majority vote, instead of the 60 usually required for major bills in the Senate.
In the hours after Michigan's nine Republican congressmen cast their votes for the American Health Care Act, critics made much of the fact that they had done so before the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office - whose function is to warn lawmakers when they are about to do something spectacularly irresponsible - had been able to vet the bill in question. After all, aren't the wealthy the Republicans' main constituency?
Several people unsettled by the prospects expressed these concerns. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, said he would consider allowing the higher charges for pre-existing conditions. The Society's position is based on the belief that affordable, high-quality health care should be available to all Vermonters and all Americans. Bill Cassidy, R-La., on an alternative health care overhaul and with other senators on how to revamp Medicaid. "That's what stings about it". Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) who support single-payer health insurance.
"The American Health Care Act delivers immediate relief from Obamacare taxes and mandates while replacing Obamacare's harmful outcomes with provisions that give all Americans freedom of choice, free of government mandates and penalties". Most startling was the CBO estimate of a 64-year old making $26,500, now paying about a $1,700 yearly premium, seeing his premium jump 750 percent over the next decade, resulting in a yearly premium of around $14,600 (at least half his income, even with inflation)!
Asked about the lack of a CBO score, Alexander said the Senate version will have a dollar figure on the cost.
"This waiver just made things worse but it was bad enough before the waiver", said Rep. "I don't know what insurance options will be available to me when I am 26". Then he noted insurance companies were "fleeing" Obamacare.
A recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that over 20 million Americans gained health coverage between the ACA's enactment in 2010 and 2016, dropping the uninsured rate from 16 percent to 8.8 percent.
"I'm terrified of becoming disabled".
She first thought it was a cold, but it turned out to be life-altering.
High-risk pools run by the state are not the answer, she says.
Fundraising surged nationwide as new recruits stepped up to challenge vulnerable Republicans who backed the plan. She said she's working with Sen.
"I have really lost my faith in humanity", she said. "We're going to draft our bill, and I'm convinced we will take the time to do it right". That CBO score was published on March 13 - almost two months ago. The stress has caused her to struggle with depression and anxiety.
"Well, the leaders obviously chose the people they want", she said.
"You'll have better healthcare at a lower cost", President Trump said during his weekly address.
The 29-year-old operations director at a start-up apparel business in Philadelphia also has asthma and attention deficit disorder.
Obama's law helps millions buy private insurance with federal subsidies geared to income and policy premiums.
Uncertainty is the bane of actuaries, and health insurers are already abandoning the exchanges in which they had formerly enjoyed the prospect of recovering a fair return.