The long fight to repeal and replace Obamacare has now come to an end. Obamacare is no more! It’s a bittersweet moment as it means that a complete “overhauling” of the nation’s healthcare system has begun.
With a 217-213 in favor of the American Health Care Act, the incredibly high costs and numerous inadequacies of Obamacare will no longer be a problem for the families of America.
“Today we made history by taking the first important step toward rescuing hardworking families from the failures and skyrocketing costs of Obamacare,” House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said in a statement.
Twenty Republicans reportedly voted against the bill but most GOP leaders are very happy with the result of the vote.
White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said in a statement to the Hill that the vote was a “great first step,” and that “we are lucky to have President Trump in charge.”
The American Healthcare Act will stand true to its word of repealing the main parts of Obamacare and all the insurance coverage associated with it. And will replace it with a new tax credit that will aid Americans in buying insurance coverage.
Because of this new measure, the Congressional Budget Office reports that 24 million people will become uninsured within the next ten years but mainly because of their own personal decision not to, as health insurance will no longer be mandatory.
Rep. Diane Black who led the floor debate said that “it’s been a winding road to this point, but we’re here today to fulfill the promise that we made to the American people.”
“Under ObamaCare, the situation is getting worse every day,” she added. “We can’t wait a moment longer than necessary to provide relief for the American people by repealing and replacing ObamaCare.”
But the new measure is subject to some changes over time especially with regards to Medicaid. Many of the Republicans who voted in favor of the American Healthcare Act are still skeptical about the idea of cutting Medicaid.
The story is only now unfolding and we will report new developments as it happens. Don’t forget to share this victory with your friends and family!
You can read the full details of the new measure here.
Source: The Hill