The Hill article The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a key legislative achievement for President Donald Trump, a move that is likely to fuel criticism that Republicans in the House of Lords are trying to dismantle President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.
House Republicans voted 217-192 to remove the ACA from the 2018 budget and instead to provide funding for a variety of health care and other programs that will expire on March 31, 2019.
They were seeking to repeal several of the ACA’s key provisions, including a mandate that insurers cover coverage for preexisting conditions.
The ACA passed in 2010 as a response to the financial crisis that began in the Great Recession.
Its passage is expected to reduce the number of uninsured Americans by as much as 20 million by the end of this year.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) called the repeal of the law a “great day for Americans” in a statement after the vote.
“This is the right thing to do.
We will make sure that everyone who has health insurance gets the care they need and deserve,” Ryan said.
Republicans have sought to repeal or weaken parts of the Affordable Health Care Act for years.
House conservatives have opposed most of the legislation as being too costly and too restrictive.
House Democrats have sought repeal of some aspects of the bill, but not all.
They also argue that the ACA provides a vital safety net for millions of Americans and that the administration should be able to keep its cost-sharing subsidies in place.
Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.), the lone Democrat in the chamber, said she was disappointed that the House Republicans voted to repeal health care as they did.
“The House is not perfect,” McMoris Rodgers said, but “it is the best we have.”
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R) of California called the vote a victory for the American people and for conservatives, who had pushed hard for repeal of parts of Obamacare.
“We are proud of the American work we have done to pass the American Health Care bill, and we are proud that millions of people will have the care that they deserve,” McCarthy said in a tweet.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called it a “momentous moment for our country” and said Republicans are now “back in the trenches fighting for the lives of people who need our care.”
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D) said that “Republicans in the Senate are making this a political battle.”
“We’ll be here all the way through the Senate session and will continue to work with our allies on the Hill to try to make sure we get this bill through,” Hoyer said.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R)-La., the chairman of the House Republican Conference, called the decision a “tremendous win for the country.”
“Our plan to repeal and replace Obamacare is working, and the American families are being helped by the fact that the Republican plan does not increase premiums, it does not expand the deficit, it has nothing to do with Obamacare,” Scalise said.
“Now is the time to unite and make sure the American working people are not saddled with a health care system that will not help them in any way.”
Republicans have been trying to roll back the ACA for years and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has said that repealing or weakening the law will cost $1.4 trillion in 2020 alone.
Republicans say that repealing the law is the only way to get rid of the federal government’s mandates that people buy health insurance or face fines.
Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress could remove the mandate entirely and allow states to decide what policies they want to run in 2018, which is likely what Republicans have been planning.
In the past, Republicans have argued that repealing and replacing the ACA would cost the federal budget more than it would save.
But many experts say that CBO has found that repealing parts of ACA would actually increase the federal deficit by $5.2 trillion in 2021, according to a report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Service.
The CBO has estimated that repealing many of the provisions in the ACA could add $5 trillion to the deficit in the next decade, although it has found no evidence of any such effects.
Democrats are likely to use the repeal vote to criticize the president for his handling of the healthcare law, arguing that Republicans are trying “to repeal the law that helped the middle class.”
David Schweikert of Arizona and Joe Barton of Texas, who both voted against repealing the ACA, have also criticized the president.
“I am disappointed that today the House has voted to dismantle the Affordable Healthcare Act, which I voted to pass in 2010,” Schweikret said in his statement.
“I continue to believe that we can work together to find solutions to the nation’s healthcare challenges, but I remain committed to working with the administration to