Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (House photo)
Published May 4, 2017
WASHINGTON – The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted Thursday afternoon to repeal the Affordable Care Act–commonly referred to as Obamacare–by a vote of 217-213. The measure passed by two votes.
All House Democrats voted no on the bill. They were joined by 20 Republicans who voted no.
The vote was viewed as a win for House Speaker Paul Ryan, who until yesterday could not garner enough votes to the repeal of Obamacare.
The new measure called “Trumpcare” would remake health insurance for millions of Americans. Democrats maintain Trumpcare will mean 24 million Americans will lose health care coverage.
Under the Republican health care plan, Americans with pre-existing conditions will lose the guarantee of coverage and be segregated into high-risk pools, where they will face higher premiums, co-pays and deductibles. Trumpcare also creates an ‘age tax’ and steals from Medicare, forcing older Americans to pay more out of pocket.
Political analysts predict the bill will be “dead on arrival” in the U.S. Senate.
Democrats shouted out “shame.” after the vote.