Republicans were able to pass the American Health Care Act presented in the House of Representatives on Thursday.
This is a huge step in dismantling the Obama Health Care, so-called Affordable Health Care, which ended up not being true.
It’s been a struggle because the Democrats are staying partisan and refusing to vote for any bill coming from the Republican-held house. The Democrats still defend Obama’s law, saying it’s one of his crowning domestic achievements. They said the GOP measure would toss millions off coverage while delivering tax cuts to the wealthy; their usual rhetoric.
The American Health Care Act would retain the requirement that families who want the policies to cover grown children until age 26, could still have it, but states could get federal waivers freeing insurers from other Obama Health Care coverage requirements.
The bill would block federal payments to Planned Parenthood, considered a triumph by many anti-abortion Republicans.
GOP candidates including Trump put repealing Obama’s statute at the top of their campaign pledges, contending it’s a failing system that’s leaving people with rising co-pays and tens of thousands in deductibles. Premiums going sky high and no access to care. It’s imploding.
A CBO estimate for the cost of latest version of their bill was not ready before the House vote.
Earlier this week, moderates objected that constituents with pre-existing conditions could effectively be denied coverage by insurers charging them exorbitant premiums, but GOP leaders seemed to win over a most the lawmakers after adding $8 billion over five years for state high-risk pools, aimed at helping seriously ill people pay un-affordable premiums. That was on top of $130 billion already in the bill for states.
Beaten Democrats insisted Republicans will pay at election time for repealing major provisions of the law. They sang the pop song “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” to the GOP lawmakers as the end of the voting neared. The Republicans seemed unworried, many of them busing to the White House for a victory appearance.
The measure skirted through the House by a slim 217-213 vote, due to Democrats refusing to vote for it and 20, mostly moderate Republican holdouts voted no. Republicans are looking seriously on not re-electing these hold-outs because they imperiled the American public by refusing to get rid of Obamacare Care.
Passage was due to a terrific amount of discussions by the White House and Republican leaders, that nailed down the final support needed. Leaders encouraged the congressmen at a closed-door meeting early Thursday by playing “Eye of the Tiger,” the motivating 1980s song from the “Rocky III” film.
“Many of us are here because we pledged to cast this very vote,” Ryan said. He added, “Are we going to keep the promises that we made, or are we going to falter?”
The bill now faces the Senate, where GOP lawmakers say changes are likely.