House Republicans Pull American Health Care Act
This has been an action-packed week for the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which was met with increased resistance. Several amendments were introduced to appease the concerns of the Freedom Caucus, that the AHCA does not do enough to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Congressional Budget Office released their updated budget score of the AHCA, in light of recently introduced amendments.
Conservative members of the House GOP sought to eliminate the essential health benefits and provisions prohibiting insurers from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, among others. Yet those demands left moderate members of the House GOP fainting from support of the bill. As a result, Republicans were unsuccessful in securing enough votes for the passage of the American Health Care Act, which was pulled this afternoon.
For now, the ACA will continue on, however, today’s events do not end the ongoing threats to the ACA. We will continue to provide updates as things progress.