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Tom Price Defends Pre-Existing Coverage in GOP Health Plan

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday

The American Action Network is going up with a $500,000 buy that touts the health plan, known as the American Health Care Act, and thanks Ryan and Republicans who supported the measure in its narrow passage out of the House last week.

If the bill is passed in its current form in the Senate it would represent a major political victory for Trump and congressional Republicans and a devastating loss for millions of American who could be stripped of their coverage, including those with pre-existing medical conditions.

In his Twitter comment, Trump contended, "ObamaCare premiums and deductibles are way up - it was a lie and it is dead!"

Republicans have often defended their repeal efforts by claiming that Obamacare is collapsing on its own, but the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office found in March that "the nongroup market would probably be stable in most areas" if Obamacare remains in place.

Collins added that she would like to a bipartisan group of Senators take on health care, including Democrats who acknowledge problems with Obamacare and "Republicans who also want to make sure that we're not reducing coverage and we're giving flexibility".

"What we're trying to do is to improve the Medicaid system - make it more responsive to patients", he said. Republican Whip John Cornyn said this week.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., seemed resigned Sunday to his chamber's bill being altered as part of a "multistage process".

Major medical and other groups, including the American Medical Association, opposed the House bill.

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"First of all, the House bill is not going to come before us", Collins said.

"They are going to be living in the emergency rooms again", potentially driving up health care costs, Kasich predicted.

With a slim majority, McConnell can only afford to lose two votes from his party.

"Republican senators will not let the American people down!" he tweeted from his home in central New Jersey, where he spent a long weekend.

"We think we need to do even more support for people who are older and also more support for people with pre-existing conditions", Ryan acknowledged.

"It is an impossible thing to do, and my job and the MA delegation's job is to make their job even tougher", Markey added at the Boston office of Health Care for All, an advocacy group.

Collins and Ryan appeared on ABC's "This Week", Price was on NBC's "Meet the Press" and on CNN's "State of the Union" with Kasich, while Mulvaney was interviewed on CBS' "Face the Nation".

"There are some times in life you have to do what's right, not what's politically expedient", Priebus said Sunday.

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