How lawmakers get their health care

The AHCA was able to get a majority in the House despite opposition from almost every health care industry group since it would slash government spending on health care by almost a trillion dollars. "However, we do not support changes to the health care system that would result in health care coverage being beyond the reach of those who are now covered, that would weaken the health care safety net, or that would compromise the ability of physicians to provide care for our patients", the AMA said.

You can see the full exchange in the video above, which is getting national attention on the eve of Mother's Day. The Affordable Care Act, which remains in place, does not permit this.

I am appalled by U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik's vote to strip access to affordable health care from thousands of her constituents. They don't think we're citizens with obligations to one another.

My mom faced a bad trade-off - she raided her retirement savings to pay for her immediate health care needs, putting at risk her future financial security.

Packer then described it as a societal issue. The radical change to funding rules would threaten coverage for the other 63 million people who are signed up to Medicaid under pre-expansion eligibility rules.

"Higher out-of-pocket costs are a feature of the AHCA, not a bug", said Bivens. We have two children. They had enough of the leadership of the party and its pundit cheerleaders who supported every Republican expansion of government and every too clever by half compromise with Barack Obama. "I'm not going to stand here and say if I were a congressman this is how I would have voted", declared Josh Mandel, who is seeking the Republican Senate nomination in Ohio. "You're asking me to pay for things that I'm never going to use".

Jones, who voted against the ACA when it was adopted by the House in 2010 and has voted often since for its repeal, joined 19 other Republicans and all House Democrats in voting against the American Health Care Act last week. The poll found the requirement was supported by 86 percent of Republicans and 94 percent of Democrats.

Given that he appeared unaware that repealing the Affordable Care Act would have devastating effects on New York's Essential Health Plan, which provides health care to hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, it seems clear he did not understand the many devils contained in the bill's details. States that waive the pre-existing condition rule also would have to set up high-risk pools for the sickest people, or participate in programs that subsidize insurance companies to lower premiums for everyone.

Harris also expressed worry about the potential changes to Medicaid, especially when it comes to elderly patients.

Now, most people aren't on Obamacare plans. President Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could have agreed, he said, to have lawmakers hold committee meetings across the country to include Americans in the conversation. No, not really, as The Hill explains in a piece on the two-senator Medicaid working group, composed of Rob Portman of OH and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, that Mitch McConnell set up to reach consensus.