Republican Obamacare replacement bill passes house after GOP leaders fought to win support for months.
While after months of the GOP leaders struggling in their caucus to win support the bill passes house to replace Obamacare. A harder road ahead will be faced to win passage in the Senate. A previous version of this bill was expecting to lead as many as 24 million additional people to be uninsured.
The House Voted Thursday – Key parts of the ACA “Affordable Care Act,” are being replace by new provisions after many years of debate. This vote that President Donald Trump had planned as a big win now sends this Republican sponsored bill for gutting Obamacare to the Senate to be considered.
Winning approval in the Senate for this bill may prove to be more difficult than the House, which took Republicans almost 2 months to secure passage by gathering enough votes in their caucus.
Obamacare Replacement Bill passed 217 (to) 213
The bill passed with only “one more yes vote than what was needed for passage.” The bill was opposed by all of the 193 Democrats who voted. 20 Republicans joined in by voting “no.”
“House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis stated many of them are there because of a pledge to cast the vote for repealing and replacing Obamacare after waiting 7 years to cast this vote.”
Protesters gathered outside the Capital building after the vote yelling (Shame, shame!) as the member of Congress walked down the front steps.
The bill is predicting to increase the amount of people without health care insurance. The bill will dramatically change how the federal government is funding purchases for individual health plans and Medicare if enacted into law.
How this will affect pre-existing conditions
Before the Thursday vote; amendments were made including provisions which won support for the conservative holdouts. A provision under specific conditions would undo Obamacare’s ban that stopped insurers from charging people more for health insurance then healthier people if they had pre-existing conditions. This gained support only after another amendment was made to increase funding that was by design setup to reduce the financial impact of higher premiums for people with pre-existing conditions. As to how far the funding will go to cut costs for Americans is in question.