UPDATED: This article has been updated to reflect that on Thursday, May 4, the American Health Care Act narrowly passed the House of Representatives and will now be considered by the U.S. Senate.
Today, the House of Representatives voted on the third iteration of a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the Republican alternative, the American Health Care Act . After two failed attempts to pass the AHCA bill, its contents remain largely controversial, ever-changing, and often unknown, especially as they impact patients with pre-existing conditions. Now that the House has passed the bill 217–213, it still faces what The Washington Post describes as a "steeper climb" in the Senate, with millions of Americans’ health care hanging in the balance.
On Wednesday, May 3, Republican legislators scrambled to secure enough votes to pass the bill before a recess on Friday. In an effort to secure more votes from moderates, including influential representatives Fred Upton of Michigan and Billy Long of Missouri, they added an amendment to the AHCA that would provide $8 billion in additional funds over five years to supplement the insurance of people with pre-existing health issues. Now it is clear that these […]