US House Of Representatives Pass Revised American Health Care Act

May 5, 2017

Today the US House of Representatives passed a revised version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on a party line vote of 217-213. The AHCA seeks to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which was enacted under the Obama administration. The only North Carolina Republican representative voting against the AHCA today was US Rep. Walter Jones (R-3rd District). Below are several statements on the House’s approval of this bill.

From the North Carolina Medical Society:

“The North Carolina Medical Society had hoped that the US House of Representatives could negotiate a bi-partisan health care bill that would preserve the positive aspects of the Affordable Care Act while addressing those provisions that need to be revised. The American Health Care Act undermines many positive aspects of the ACA including calling into question coverage for those patients with pre-existing conditions and thereby limiting access to care for those who need it most. We are hopeful that the US Senate can now work to ensure that Americans will continue to have the preventive care and affordable health insurance coverage they need.”

From the AMA:

“The bill passed by the House today will result in millions of Americans losing access to quality, affordable health insurance and those with pre-existing health conditions face the possibility of going back to the time when insurers could charge them premiums that made access to coverage out of the question. Action is needed, however, to improve the current health care insurance system. The AMA urges the Senate and the Administration to work with physician, patient, hospital and other provider groups to craft bipartisan solutions so all American families can access affordable and meaningful coverage, while preserving the safety net for vulnerable populations.”

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