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Trump, A Self-Avowed Dealmaker, Faces High Stakes In Outcome Of Friday’s House Vote

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As the GOP health plan became mired in intense negotiations this week, the ability to secure the measure is increasingly viewed as a major test for President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, news outlets also report that the process has caused him doubts about choosing to pursue Obamacare replacement as first item on his agenda.

Clearing The House Is Just The First Step; GOP Plan Faces Significant Hurdles In The Senate

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In the upper chamber, Republicans only claim a 52-48 majority, and many senators have already expressed their dismay at parts of the House’s American Health Care Act. Democrats see opportunities to snag parts of the GOP plan. Meanwhile, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who argues that the measure does not go far enough to repeal Obamacare, is among those who has raised constitutional issues.

Majority Of Americans Oppose Republicans’ Replacement Bill, New Poll Finds

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Only 17 percent surveyed by Quinnipiac University support the American Health Care Act. And as former President Barack Obama makes a rare statement about the debate regarding his signature health care legislation, Democrats mobilize to use the vote against vulnerable Republicans.

Health Industries Keep Careful Eye On Capitol Hill Action

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The flux surrounding the House health bill vote injects uncertainty into the health care stock markets while hospitals voice worries regarding the changes Republicans have proposed. Meanwhile, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce president urges lawmakers to follow through with repeal efforts.

Conservative Republicans Demand That Essential Benefits Coverage Be Dropped

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A core piece of Obamacare is the requirement that insurers offer plans that cover basic health services like maternity care, mental health services, prescription drugs and hospital care. Some Republicans seek to lower costs and have more choice for health insurance sold to individuals by rolling back those requirements.

AMA Takes A Strong Stand Against The House Health Plan

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The physician organization maintained its opposition to the measure in a letter sent to Capitol Hill Wednesday, noting its continued concerns about the millions of people who would lose coverage if it becomes law. Meanwhile, Molina Healthcare’s chief executive is one of the few voices from the insurance industry protesting the Republican’s overhaul. Another industry — the tanning business — has high hopes for the legislation.