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Republicans back down on health care rescue

By JIM ABRAMS
April 25, 2013

Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans are offering to bail out a program in President Barack Obama’s health care law that provides coverage to people with pre-existing medical problems. But they’d do it by diverting money from another part of the law, unacceptable to many Democrats. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans are offering to bail out a program in President Barack Obama’s health care law that provides coverage to people with pre-existing medical problems. But they’d do it by diverting money from another part of the law, unacceptable to many Democrats. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

House Republicans have put off a vote on legislation to rescue a main feature of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul — affordable coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions — after it ran into strong opposition from both conservatives and Democrats.

The legislation is a departure from past GOP efforts to kill the Affordable Health Care Act outright, and faced a White House veto threat.

Democrats are against it because it would bail out the struggling program to help those with pre-existing conditions get insurance by raiding a disease prevention provision the administration says is essential.

Conservative groups also urged Republicans to vote against it, saying it perpetuated the federal role in health care.
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3 Responses to Republicans back down on health care rescue

  1. woody188

    April 25, 2013 at 9:12 am

    The pre-existing medical condition program is what, one or two years old and already needs a bail-out?

    Obamacare = higher taxes for fewer services AND increased medical and medical insurance expense = epic fail

    This is supposed to be the highlight of his Presidency?

  2. Sandy Price

    April 26, 2013 at 10:35 am

    I heard some chatter that Immigrants will not receive any Obamacare benefits. The only reason this immigration action will be processed is for the Latino votes. If they are working, they will be paying into the system.

    In the old days, no immigrant was allowed to enter without a clean medical report. I guess the problem today are the millions who are already here and working. This is the result of a lazy and careless government. But we must not allow them to be ill and without care. They often are the best caretakers of our own seniors. I trained with many for Hospice.