US lawmakers pass repeal and replace of Obamacare

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US President Donald Trump’s new health care bill squeaked through the US House of Representatives, which passed the bill by a vote of 217 to 213 on Thursday. reports citing to Sputnik after voting more than 50 times to repeal or alter the Affordable Care Act over the past seven years, GOP leaders have succeeded in passing Trump’s American Health Care Act, which many argue amounts to little more than a transfer of wealth to Trump’s mega-rich peers.

The first versions of Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan’s reformed health bill were criticized by Republican and Democrats alike for being a generally awful piece of legislation. Just six weeks ago, GOP leaders pulled the proposed before even going to the House floor to save themselves the embarrassment of losing a vote. On Thursday, lawmakers finally had the opportunity to vote on the AHCA and now it will head to the Senate.

Notably, the latest version of bill has not been scored by the independent Congressional Budget Office, so lawmakers were essentially voting blind when it comes to how the new law will impact the debt and deficit, and how many people can be expected to lose coverage.

2017.05.04 / 22:14
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