Good bye ACA, Hello AHCA?
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Thursday, May 04, 2017 02:12 PM

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) has advanced, potentially to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The House of Representatives voted to repeal and replace the ACA.  More than symbolic, AHCA dismantles most of the ACA, a controversial health insurance law passed in 2010.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Thursday, May 4, passed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The vote fell along party lines, 217 to 213.

The bill, called the American Health Care Act (AHCA), appeared dead in the water in March when House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis) cancelled a vote because he couldn't muster enough Republican support, particularly from staunchly conservative members who constitute the so-called Freedom Caucus. They were eventually won over by changes to the bill that give states more control over health plan design.

The AHCA dismantles most of the framework of the controversial healthcare reform law passed by a Democratic Congress and signed by President Barack Obama in 2010.  Today's vote on the AHCA is more than symbolic — the bill doesn't face the threat of a presidential veto. However, the AHCA does face unfriendly prospects in the Senate. Though that chamber also is controlled by Republicans, Democrats command enough votes to filibuster the bill, which they have condemned as erasing major gains in insurance coverage under the ACA, a position also taken by organized medicine.