Protesters rally to save Obamacare in downtown Los Angeles

With the U.S. House preparing to vote on a proposal to repeal and replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act, Republicans continue to overwhelmingly oppose the law, and most say it's not the government's responsibility to make sure all Americans have health care coverage.

An oft-repeated phrase has been "We'll give the American people the health care access they want".

In fact, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) has often retold an anecdote about the power of women in this exact debate: "During the health care debate, [Sen.] Debbie Stabenow's sitting at a table during a somewhat boring negotiation on the Finance Committee".

It would also put Americans buying insurance through subsidized marketplace in the same position as those covered by Medicaid or the federally funded Native American and military personnel health care programs, who already can not get coverage of elective abortion through their plans.

That's because the more their plans cost, the more taxpayers shell out to assist in paying the premiums, the Congressional Budget Office said in a new analysis this month.

The poorest American families could lose federal benefits worth a third of their income, on average, if the House Republican health care bill becomes law, according to a new report.

Mark Pauly, a professor of health-care management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, who tends to favor market solutions in health care, said that while the ObamaCare rules are "paternalistic", it would be problematic to offer subsidies without standards. For example, the yearly premiums of a 64-year-old earning $26,500 would rise from $1,700 under the ACA to $14,600 under the new plan.

The city of Fayetteville is celebrating the anniversary of the affordable care act today. The truth is that it is much worse than an ACA repeal. Single-payer American health care would prevent that. She says 98 percent of her patients are able to see her through their Medicaid coverage. Recent counts indicated about 28 Republicans meant to vote against the measure, which would stop the overhaul.

Protesters at Town Center said the goal should be to fix the Affordable Care Act, not to replace it. However, as of Thursday afternoon, both the future of the bill and the time lawmakers would formally vote on it remained unclear.

"If this bill passes 24 million Americans will lose their health insurance".

  • Archie Newman