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Whatever comes of the developments, they became the latest chapter in a long-running policy debate - from Teddy Roosevelt's call for national health insurance in 1912; through waves of New Deal and Great Society legislation that brought Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, but no comprehensive health system for all; to an unsuccessful attempt at universal coverage at the start of Bill Clinton's administration. At that point, perhaps finally a grand compromise could emerge and a system modeled on good ideas seen around the world could be adopted.

Obamacare, former Democratic President Barack Obama's signature legislation created by the Affordable Care Act of 2010, has had a tough beginning. His travel ban has been blocked by the courts. The collective defeat of the healthcare effort could strain that tolerance.

"It's in the best interest of Kansas to move forward to expand the KanCare program", Jordan said. "It's going to have a very bad year".

Faso said he hopes Republicans and Democrats can work together to improve health care.

That's a list of 10 general categories of medical care that all insurance policies are required to cover under the Affordable Care Act. "It's enough already", the president said. Here's how some members of the House of Representatives from the Houston and Galveston areas responded to the bill's failure.

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Asked by McClatchy whether an exception could be made in the GOP bill for Kansas or other states that pass Medicaid expansion, White House spokesman Sean Spicer suggested Kansas would be out of luck. "By holding out for a flawless proposal that might never make it to the White House, the House has squandered an opportunity to pass realistic legislation that could get through the Senate and be signed into law by President Trump".

The effort to win passage had been relentless, and hardly hidden.

"We're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future", House Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday.

"Probably that Champagne that wasn't popped back in November may be utilised this evening", Walker said.

But the bill's collapse was, finally, testimony to the emptiness of conservative ideology. If Medicaid coverage, for example, is reduced then people will turn to more expensive care options, such as emergency room care. Nor did it have the backing of more moderate Republicans who were anxiously aware of an assessment by the independent Congressional Budget Office that the bill would leave 24 million more Americans without insurance in 2024, compared with the number who would be uninsured under the current law. For older Americans approaching retirement, the cost of insurance could have risen sharply.

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The state has seven Republican House members.

Republican lawmakers introduced a replacement bill earlier this month that would strip the mandate requiring all Americans to buy health insurance, CNN reported Thursday. "I really don't know what to say".

The Affordable Care Act eliminated discrimination in the health insurance industry in two key ways: It barred carriers from rating plans based on gender and prohibited insurers from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions. They would not now face a situation in which both of them are being blamed because they both deserve to be.

Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) who said that even though Friday was a "great day" for her constituents and "people across the country who depend on the Affordable Care Act", she would not be "doing a touchdown dance" so long as the GOP remain "hell-bent on rigging the system for the rich and powerful".

Every time you read about how many House and Senate seats, how many statehouses, how many thousands of seats in state legislatures turned Republican since 2008, think about how many of them swung on the backlash against the Affordable Care Act.

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