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GOP Health Bill Advances Despite Conservative Objections [VIDEO]

Update Date: Mar 17, 2017 07:21 AM EDT

The Republican health care bill pushes through the House despite criticisms from Democrats and conservative Republicans. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump promises to "bridge gaps" among various GOP factions to make it easier to pass the repeal and replacement for the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare.

The USA Today reported that US President Donald Trump is getting deeply involved to bridge the gap in the current American Health Care Act to make it easier for him to push the new US health care bill through the House of Congress. Representative Paul Ryan plans to bring the Republican US health care bill to the House floor for voting as early as next week.

If legislated, the American Health Care Act will repeal and replace Obamacare. Still, several conservative Republicans in the Senate worry for low-income Americans losing their insurance once the new US health care bill is legislated.

Representative Paul Ryan also said that the improved and refined US health care bill would increase the number of uninsured Americans by 24 million by 2026 as it reduces the deficit by $337 billion. The American Health Care Act will go to the Rules Committee next week and then to the House floor.

The US health care bill's advancement to the House was considered as another victory for House Speaker Paul Ryan, who had a significant contribution to the legislation of the bill despite vocal opposition from fellow Republicans, the NBC News reports. Republicans from the conservative Freedom Caucus voted against the new US health care bill together with other Democrats.

Representative Dave brat of Virginia, Mark Sanford of South Carolina and Gary Palmer of Alabama sided with the Democrats against the advancement of the bill. However, with several Republicans on the committee, the bill still managed to pass at 19 to 17.

The news US health care bill will provide insurance legislations that will include essential benefits package such as maternity care. However, conservatives are wary of the fact that the new bill will charge older people five times more than younger consumers. Conservatives would want the cap to be lifted to allow Americans to afford insurance, especially in states where the cost of insurance is disproportionately high.


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