The Beginning Of The End
At last the US House of Representatives has passed a healthcare bill that will repeal and replace Obamacare.
The American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed with a vote to spare – Republicans needed 216 votes in the House and it passed with 217.
It was hard work because there still remains within the GOP those who, to their shame, are not fully behind President Trump.
The Democrats, of course, opposed the new Bill to a man and woman.
He has predicted that his repeal and replacement of the disastrous Obamacare would now get Senate backing, but that will probably be an even tougher battle. The HoR vote was always supposed to be the easier battle.
But thanks to House Speaker Paul Ryan, who had a sizeable majority at his disposal and the political tools to reward support and punish dissenters seemed to make hard work of it.
Its passage through the Senate will be another interesting test for the GOP.
The new bill repeals the individual mandate requiring those who can afford it to have health insurance.
It also repeals Obamacare’s requirement for companies with 50 or more staff to provide insurance coverage for employees.
However, it does keep the popular Obamacare element allowing children and young people to stay covered on their parents’ policies up until age 26.