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Published: Fri, May 05, 2017
Entertainment | By Johnnie Parsons

American Health Care Act Passes House

American Health Care Act Passes House

The American Health Care Act - which the House approved by a narrow 217-213 vote - repeals and replaces key provisions in the healthcare bill signed into law by former President Obama. There is also some skepticism among Senate Republicans over the House-passed bill.

"Oh, gosh", Garrett said on MSNBC on Thursday morning when asked if he has read the entire text of the GOP's American Health Care Act. They won passage only after overcoming their own divisions that almost sank the measure six weeks ago.

"What a great group of people!" Set aside for the moment were the feuds and philosophical divides that almost sank the bill time and again.

And Democrats have been using those initial numbers to score rhetorical points, even if they lack the votes in either the House or Senate to stop the bill or change it.

Meanwhile, Democrats warned that repealing and replacing ObamaCare will leave Americans worse off. "Obamacare is falling apart and has saddled the American people with rising costs, less choice, and skyrocketing premiums", she said.

At a raucous, closed-door meeting early Thursday morning, there were profanity-laced pleas from some lawmakers to get behind the bill.

Obamacare expanded Medicaid, the government insurance program for the poor, provided income-based tax credits to help the poor buy insurance on individual insurance markets set up by the law, and required everyone to buy insurance or pay a penalty. The legislation gave some tax credits to middle-income earners to help them pay out-of-pocket health expenses. It would also allow insurers to charge more for consumers in their 50s and 60s, compared with younger users.

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Lawmakers throughout the state reacted to the passage of the Republican bill. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the bill that failed to pass in March would have stripped coverage from 24 million people. The House voted without a CBO estimate for the latest version of their bill. With only a two-vote Republican majority and no likely Democratic support. But NPR's Alison Kodjak reported that "an analysis released Thursday by consulting firm Avalere Health concludes that that amount would be inadequate for providing full health coverage for the number of people who now buy insurance in the individual market and have medical problems".

Protesters were on hand again for Thursday's vote, shouting "Shame on you!" Protesters serenaded them with chants of "Shame on you!" and "2018".

After passing the measure, House Republicans jumped on buses for a quick trip to an unusual victory lap event in the White House Rose Garden - given that the measure has a long way before it actually becomes law. Dissatisfaction with the law helped propel Republicans to years of gains across much of the nation.

President Trump congratulates jubilant House Republicans after they voted to repeal major parts of Obamacare. "Many of you are here because you pledged to cast this vote".

That thing he said he would do on day one after taking the oath of office has shifted a little bit closer to reality on day 105. Trump called them both to the White House. This would include people with pre-existing medical conditions.

In California, where the uninsured rate dropped by half under the Affordable Care Act, about 3.6 million residents relied on federal subsidies to enroll in Medi-Cal, while about 1.6 million bought private plans through the Covered California exchange. The American Health Care Act would end the enhanced federal Medicaid funding for new enrollees starting in 2020. The Chamber of Commerce supported the bill.

In fact, Senate Republicans are reportedly not even planning to vote on the bill, instead opting to write their own legislation.

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