A Republican-drafted health care bill that would eliminate many provisions of the Affordable Care Act was passed by the House with a 217–213 vote on Thursday. The bill still awaits the Senate’s final approval.
The vote came only 6 weeks after House leaders failed to pass an earlier version of the bill. The bill includes last-minutes amendments that were written to appeal to the most conservative House Republicans and eliminates tax penalties for people that do not have health insurance. The bill will also offer tax credits between $2,000 and $4,000 per year, depending mainly on age, and provides $8 billion for states to set up high-risk pools to cover those with pre-existing conditions who are unable to find coverage on the open market. A number of Republicans in the Senate have expressed concern over how the bill would affect states that expanded Medicaid and how much it would drive up premiums for seniors.
The bill is expected to be significantly altered by the time it reaches the Senate chamber.
This is a developing story. We will continue to provide details as they come.