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.
Although the president has stated that he is moving on to other issues, the GOP remains hopeful that they will dismantle and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the not-too-distant future. The Republican's proposed replacement bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was withdrawn last Friday as it lacked the votes to pass. Under pressure from conservative activists this week, House Republicans and the White House have renewed their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with their own bill.
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.