SEATTLE -- Seattle's Harborview Medical Center said Friday it would lose $627 million of federal revenue by 2026 under the health care bill that passed in the House on Thursday.
Harborview's Executive Director Paul Hayes joined Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell on Friday to discuss the bill's implications on local health care.
Sen. Maria Cantwell said an Obamacare repeal would take $1.4 billion out of the state's economy each year, adding that 600,000 people in Washington would lose Medicaid coverage.
“I’m appalled by the action taken today in the House to jam Trumpcare through, regardless of the extraordinary harm it would do to patients and families,” Murray said.
Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., voted against the health care bill, saying it was rushed through.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., who is a member of the GOP leadership in Congress as chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, wrote an op-ed Friday for The Washington Post explaining that her son has a pre-existing condition, which is one of the reasons why she co-sponsored and voted for the Republican bill called the Affordable Health Care Act.
The bill now heads to the Senate where it faces daunting challenges because of the same ideological splits between conservative and moderate Republicans that nearly killed it in the House.
Trump said he is confident the bill will pass the Senate, calling Obamacare "essentially dead."
"This is a great plan. I actually think it will get even better. This is a repeal and replace of Obamacare. Make no mistake about it," Trump said at a celebratory White House appearance with House Republicans.