It wasn’t the full “repeal and replace” measure most Americans expected on the disastrous Obamacare law, but the new American Health Care Act is as close as it is going to get to fully scrapping the law.
After putting up a failing an unpopular Obamacare 2.o back in March, GOP House leaders pushed the legislation further to the right to appease those pesky, yet courageous, House Freedom Caucus members.
“For years, millions of Americans have struggled under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act and have pleaded with their elected officials to repeal it and replace it with a plan that works for American families. Today, the House of Representatives began that process by passing the American Health Care Act (AHCA).
We made a promise to the American people to repeal Obamacare and replace it with policy that brings down costs. While this legislation does not fully repeal Obamacare, it’s an important step in keeping that promise to lower healthcare costs. Due to the hard work of conservatives in the House, this bill now allows states the ability to undo the most costly aspects of Obamacare that are hurting American families. We look forward to working with our Senate colleagues to improve the bill. Our work will continue until we fully repeal Obamacare.”-House Freedom Caucus
The change in the bill that turned the Freedom Caucus was the option allowing states to protect Americans with preexisting conditions by opting out of that Obamacare provision.
In doing so, the revamped bill finally came down to a vote, and narrowly passed by a margin of 217-213.
Florida’s entire Republican congressional caucus, except for Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, voted in favor of the AHCA.
Not one Democrat voted to repeal President Obama’s legacy piece of legislation.
“As President Trump has said time and time again, this bill maintains the current protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions. I promised my constituents at my town hall in Englewood that I would only support a bill that keeps these important protections for people with pre-existing conditions. This bill provides states with funding to help cover the costs of enrollees with expensive medical conditions in the individual market. And let me be clear, because this is important, insurers in states that set up their own systems are still expressly prohibited from denying coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions. This bill may allow the system to operate differently than the top-down, federal government approach of Obamacare, but I believe it will create a market that offers people of all ages and incomes the opportunity to choose from a diverse array of specialized, affordable health care options that work best for their family.” –Rep. Tom Rooney (R)