The American Health Care Act (AHCA), also known as Trumpcare, was narrowly passed through the House of Representatives on Thursday May 4th. On Thursday June 22nd, after a secretive seven-week revision process led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a draft of the Senate version of the bill has been released. Following is a comparison of some of the important changes between the ACA (Obamacare) and both versions of the AHCA.
House Republicans narrowly passed their long-promised Affordable Care Act repeal and replacement bill this Thursday. The American Healthcare Act barely scraped by with a vote of 217-213, with all 2017 "yes" votes coming from Republican Representatives. Although 20 Republican Representatives still opposed the bill, the revisions were able to convert 23 hard line conservatives into voting favorably. This proved enough for passage.
This week, house Republicans introduced the long-anticipated Obamacare replacement plan. This plan, called the American Healthcare Act (AHCA), has received a high level of criticism already from a surprising mix of people. Although it certainly is too soon to tell, it seems as if the bill will likely not pass before significant edits are made.