Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

House narrowly OKs Affordable Care Act repeal-replace bill

The House passed a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act by a four-vote margin May 4. The final vote was 217-213.

Assuming that all Democrats voted against the bill — which they did — the Republicans needed to avoid having 22 of its own House members defect to the "no" camp. In the finally tally, 20 Republicans voted against the measure.

This latest GOP repeal-and-replace bill was rushed through with such speed that the Congressional Budget Office did not have time to prepare an analysis of it before the vote.

What is the future of our health care?

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On March 24, the signature legislative goal of the Trump administration and the Republican Congress went down to defeat. The American Health Care Act was pulled from the floor and it was decided to forget about the Republican pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare for the foreseeable future. The Trump administration and speaker Paul Ryan have both suffered a major defeat. For his part, Trump has moved on and washed his hands of health care.

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