After a long battle in Washington, the House of Representatives has passed a health care reform bill to replace Obamacare.
The bill was first introduced in March 2017, but was turned down by both Democrats and Republicans. With the help of Trump and weeks of very long nights, major changes have lead the House to finally approve the bill with a close 217-213 vote.
"Insurance companies are fleeing ObamaCare - it is dead. Our healthcare plan will lower premiums & deductibles - and be great healthcare!," said Trump in a confident tweet on Thursday.
Early reports about the bill are receiving both positive and negative from the left and right. Most Americans know that not every bill is going to be perfect. However, it's looking like the new Trump plan is a step in the right direction!
The replacement bill is known as the American Health Care Act, which aims to cut back most of the taxes stuck to Obamacare. Furthermore, the new bill is set to eliminate penalty charges for people who decide to forgo health insurance. This revision is a big win for conservatives who felt that Obamacare was nothing but a big government tactic intruding on American's freedom to chose.
Republicans also fought to deliver more power to the states with the new bill. One of the changes will allow the states to determine insurance rates for voters with pre-existing conditions. Some democrats believe that this will allow companies to boost costs for the sick. But, GOP members are confident that a newly added $8 billion proposal will help prevent people with pre-existing conditions from being priced out.
The bill also introduces plans for invisible high-risk pools. According to Business Insider, "in theory, this would help stabilize the individual insurance market for people without coverage through an employer or government program like Medicare."
"We can have fair healthcare without trapping everyone in a government-run system dreamed up by central planners," said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy at the end of the House debate.
President Trump will be speaking in the Rose Garden about the bill and has plans to discuss the changes over the next few weeks. The bill will head to the Senate next, however, most Republicans are confident that it will pass and become law, despite their low 52-seat majority in the 100-seat chamber.
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