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Schumer: Trumpcare Won't Pass Senate

| by Ray Brown
Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of New YorkSenate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York said the latest Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, will not have enough votes to pass the House of Representatives.

"To my moderate Republican colleagues in the House, I ask, 'Why would you risk a yes vote for a bill that is devastating to your constituents and has virtually a minuscule chance, virtually no chance of becoming law?'" Schumer said of the American Health Care Act, according to The Hill.

 The reality is Trumpcare cannot pass the Senate," he added.

Schumer also blasted an amendment proposal that is being considered by Republicans to address concerns over the lack of protections in the Republican bill to protect people with pre-existing conditions from being denied health insurance coverage.

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"This Republican amendment leaves Americans with pre-existing conditions as vulnerable as they were before under this bill. High-risk pools are the real death panels: they mean waiting forever in line for unaffordable health insurance," Schumer said in a statement, reports The Hill.

Schumer said the amendment, which was drafted by Republican Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan, would be "like administering cough medicine to someone with stage 4 cancer."

"Drop repeal and then come talk to us about finding a bipartisan way forward. We are always willing to work in a bipartisan way," Schumer suggested on May 3.

Upton's amendment would provide $8 billion over five years to help people with pre-existing conditions pay for their expensive health insurance premiums, according to the Detroit Free Press.

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Although Schumer said he does not believe the AHCA can pass the Senate, despite the GOP having the majority, Upton has said he will support the bill after previously expressing his misgivings about the lack of protections for people with pre-existing conditions, according to the Washington Examiner.

Republican Rep. Billy Long of Missouri, another previous holdout to the Republican health care plan, has also said he will support the AHCA.

If Upton and Long vote in favor of the bill, Republicans could have enough votes to get it passed, despite opposition from some GOP lawmakers, including Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida.

"I just reiterated to @HouseGOP leaders that #AHCA in its current form fails to sufficiently protect Americans with pre-existing conditions," Curbelo tweeted.

Republican Reps. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania and Leonard Lance of New Jersey also said they still do not plan on voting for the AHCA, despite Upton's amendment, according to the Washington Examiner.

Sources: The Hill (2), Washington Examiner, Carlos Curbelo/Twitter, Detroit Free Press/ Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls/Wikimedia Commons

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