Capito votes for Senate to debate health overhaul

Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of the Diocese of Wheeling Charleston is seen at Wheeling Hospital Feb. 17

Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of the Diocese of Wheeling Charleston is seen at Wheeling Hospital Feb. 17

Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., announced Tuesday afternoon she would vote "yes" on the motion to proceed to begin debating repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare".

"[GOP senators] made promises not to repeal without a replacement", Centofanti-Fields said.

The Senate returned to work Monday and Sen. Initially celebrated for her hard stance against the Senate bill and her statements that she "did not come to Washington to hurt people" following the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of the bill, she was expected to hold rank with them.

Late Tuesday afternoon, the Senate, with the help of Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie, made the vote that was almost straight down party lines.

About 35,000 others got coverage through the act's insurance exchange, which has included tax credits to offset premiums for those whose incomes qualify.

Manchin argued that members of the Senate are still unclear on what exactly they'd be voted to do in reforming health care coverage. Republicans have campaigned on repealing the Affordable Care Act, but have been unsuccessful numerous times despite majorities in both chambers of Congress. "To talk about what bills are there, the replacement bill which they are reading on the floor right now, and how that might affect West Virginians".

About 525,000 of West Virginia's 1.8 million people are enrolled in Medicaid, the program for the poor, disabled and nursing home residents.

"Worse, we still don't even know what proposal Senator McConnell wants us to vote on". "We'll just have to see what happens this week and make those judgements". This is not how we are supposed to do things, and it shuts out the people who elected us. "I'm going to try to make it as good as I can for the people I represent. I hope we'll stop this partisan approach and do what West Virginians always expect us to do - work together to solve problems". In fact, earlier this week, Capito was still being named alongside Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska as GOP senators who oppose the existing legislation's failures to address Medicaid, Planned Parenthood, and opioid epidemic-related concerns.

"Coverage for pre-existing conditions will be eliminated, and premiums for seniors will skyrocket", the release said.

Medicaid expansion has allowed many West Virginians to access healthcare. "We urge all of West Virginia's representatives to work together to achieve a bipartisan solution for protecting Medicaid coverage for West Virginians", Fields said.

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