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House Passes Healthcare Bill, but It's Not the End of the World
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4 May 2017 09:43 PM EST

- by Jorge Vargas, Editor

Trumpcare was approved by the House with 217 votes today, after a few days of behind-the-scenes negotiating, wherein the press and the public were given minimal chances to weigh in or even learn what was being debated. 

The plan approved by the House would give the states the ability to take away protections for pre-existing conditions, which could mean that millions of people would lose their health insurance. The bill's final draft was finished on Wednesday evening. The vote took place on Thursday afternoon. 

Many in the Senate, including many Republicans, decried that as poor policy-making and, in the words of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), as not "good civics."

The bill would mean significant cuts to health insurance coverage and to Medicaid expansions, like the one that has taken place in Ohio in recent years.

House Republicans did not wait for any real analysis of the bill before approving it. They did not wait for the Congressional Budget Office to weigh in. They barely gave the press time to read it. They barely gave their own colleagues time to read the bill. 

Is it a bad bill for the country?

Most likely, but without the CBO numbers, it's actually impossible to tell. Maybe they'll come back with the result that this will be a bigly tremendous great bill. Don't hold your breath, though. 

Seriously, don't. You could end up discovering that you have a lung defect, which could be considered a pre-existing condition and you may end up not having insurance because of Trumpcare. 

For now, though, it's not quite the end of the world because the Senate still needs to weigh in and they can only afford to lose three votes before it's rejected outright. Already, several Republican senators have said they won't accept the bill in its current form. 

So, yes, be upset at the GOP's brazen efforts to let Americans die without health insurance while still calling themselves the pro-life party, but don't act like the world's come to an end just yet.

It's the senate's term, now.

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