Senators seemed ready to take out their legislative scalpels and tear into the House-approved Obamacare replacement bill - or even create their own - as the New Jersey-bound President Trump vowed to pass a "great" health care law. The new Bill must get the approval of the smaller US Senate before the President can sign it into law and he is not expected to, at least not in its current form. It moved him a step closer to fulfilling one of his key campaign promises as well as a seven-year quest by Republican lawmakers.
Chief among them: a guarantee of paying the same amount for coverage regardless of health history.
Governors, gubernatorial candidates, and state legislators, meanwhile, will be asked whether they intend to "opt out" from provisions in the Affordable Care Act that are overwhelmingly popular with voters, as is permitted under the Republican plan.
Those amendments threw the House budget plan out of balance, and Senate leadership threatened to return the measure without the amendments attached.
"We're just getting more people coming up to us saying, 'We heard that Trump has canceled [Obamacare],' or, 'Why are you still doing this?' or, 'Isn't it going away?'" Packham said.
"The effect for us, ACA or not, is that we'll keep treating people without health insurance", she said.
The bill, as it stands now, would allow states to let insurers charge people with preexisting conditions higher premiums. Additionally, it will allow states to apply for a waiver to fund high risk pools, and give affordable coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.
Now that the Republican health-care bill has passed the House, there's a whole other set of obstacles it will face in the Senate.
"We are concerned that is more limited under what came from the House", he said. It also notes that states that already have expanded eligibility could reverse course if federal funding shrinks because of the new bill.
The freshmen Republican represents Kentucky's first district.
In a statement, Comer says there is misinformation about whether pre-existing conditions are covered in the AHCA - an issue that has divided Republicans on the measure.
If it takes shutting down the USA government to fix a broken budget appropriations process, that's acceptable to the White House, said budget director Mick Mulvaney.
A rare coalition of the chamber's most conservative Republicans and the outnumbered Democrats worked together to successfully slow down the process on Thursday.
Several have raised questions about how the legislation would provide for people with pre-existing medical conditions or those who do not have much money.
Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, have opposed cutting federal money for Planned Parenthood. The bill would include a tax credit to help pay for health insurance, but it would be available only to those earning less than $75,000 per year.
Predictions are that the Senate, also run by Republicans, will certainly change and may stall entirely this repeal and replace maneuver, which has been motivated from the start by a revenge motive against President Obama. Rand Paul of Kentucky, argue there's no choice. That means McConnell can afford to lose just two senators; Vice President Mike Pence would vote to break a 50-50 tie in his constitutional role as vice president of the Senate. Anything they tell you to the contrary is false. "And then they'll pass our bill or we're going to go to a conference committee", said Sen.