Liberal groups push for health care to dominate the midterms

Perez was critical of the way Republicans have handled a possible repeal of the law, saying the Affordable Care Act was discussed at length before being passed. Otherwise, 32 million people stand to lose their insurance coverage.

The evidence is clear: not having health insurance is associated with higher death rate, and getting coverage lowers mortality. Millions of Americans have signed up kicking and screaming because they want medical insurance, while millions more signed up on the miserable exchange website only because the IRS would levy fines on them if they didn't.

"To date, the amendments proposed to repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act fail to meet these basic requirements and would harm vulnerable patients in every state", said AMA President David O. Barbe, MD, MHA, adding that a potential partial repeal would be no different. "Instead, it leads to adverse selection that would increase premiums and destabilize the individual market". This was a procedural vote, not one on any particular piece of legislation.

After a successful preliminary health care vote on Tuesday, Senate GOP leaders may have a new plan to get their health legislation over the finish line: pass what, in effect, could amount to a blank legislative check.

While the ACA is not ideal, GOP replacement bills proposed so far would result in millions more Americans without health care coverage.

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Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, who has consistently opposed the GOP efforts, were the only Republican Senators to oppose the motion in addition to all Democrats. The amendment was defeated 45-55 with seven Republicans joining all Democrats in opposition.

"In its first two years of full implementation, the ACA improved health care access for Americans in low-income households, people who were not college graduates, and the unemployed", the authors said.

After casting his "yea" vote on the motion to proceed, McCain then called for bipartisan solutions.

The AMA has opposed previous versions of BCRA, based largely on the projected impact on the number of Americans who will become uninsured and reduced federal support for Medicaid.

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