After seven years of trying to to create a replace and repeal plan, the House of Representatives tried to vote on President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan’s new healthcare plan on 24 Mar. After seven years of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, the Republicans and the Trump administration took a loss after their first attempt at a bill being passed.
The American Health Care Plan, which is the Republicans’ replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act, included taking care of customers even with preexisting conditions, provides subsidies, and encourages people to remain insured. All of these ideas are rolling over from the ACA. The new bill spends less on Medicaid, less on subsidies and cuts taxes on upper class americans and medical companies. The big point is that “it would reduce the deficit by $337 billion over the next 10 years, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.” [NBC News].
While most of this sounds appealing to Republicans and moderate Democrats, the downside to the bill is that “24 million people would lose health insurance within a decade” [CBO]. NPR also reports that “the Affordable Care Act replacement plan championed by President Trump would hurt low-income people in rural areas that voted heavily for the Republican last fall.” This caused all house Democrats to oppose the bill and the moderate republicans followed suit. With the loss of those much needed votes and with the Freedom Caucus, or what is left of the Tea Party, refusing to vote for a bill that is so close to ObamaCare, Paul Ryan went to President Trump on March 24th to tell him the news.
After the news that the vote was cancelled House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said,” We promised that we would repeal and replace Obamacare, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi celebrated the small victory the Democrats had over President Trump and Paul Ryan.
President Trump continues to move forward and is now focusing on his economic plan, but the fight over health care is far from over.