House Republicans approve new Trump health bill

House Republicans approve new Trump health bill

The House of Representatives majority approved Thursday the bill that aims to repeal and replace the current health law of former President Barack Obama, after long weeks of negotiation on the bench and two failed attempts to approve the text .

The House of Representatives majority approved Thursday the bill that aims to repeal and replace the current health law of former President Barack Obama, after long weeks of negotiation on the bench and two failed attempts to approve the text .

Conservatives, with 217 votes in favor and 212 against, managed to agree on the legislative text to modify the current health care system, which has supported President Donald Trump, although it has yet to be approved by the Senate, where the probability of moving ahead is much less.

The Republican majority in the Senate is much narrower, the more moderate conservative senators oppose the new plan approved today by the Lower House of congress, so this victory of Trump to fulfill his promise to end “Obamacare”, as it is knows popularly the law of Obama, does not guarantee its success.

The bill, known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA), repeals basic provisions of “Obamacare,” including its subsidies to help people get coverage, the expansion of Medicaid – a program for People with low resources – and obligations to expand health insurance.

Instead, the bill provides a new tax credit to help people buy insurance, although it would provide less help than “Obamacare” to low-income people.

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that up to 24 million Americans will be uninsured for the next decade under the pre-proposal version approved Thursday, which was not re-analyzed after the changes.

The ultraconservatives of the Freedom Caucus refused to accept that first version, causing last March a disastrous failure for Trump, after having to postpone twice a vote on the measure, since in his opinion did not contain enough changes with respect to Obamacare.

Among other things, the ultraconservatives have managed to remove the obligation under insurers to provide insurance and not to raise costs to those who have suffered with pre-existing conditions, a matter highly controversial.

The House Bill is expected to undergo major changes in the Senate, where it will be subject to unlimited amendments and could be presented in a different way from the one adopted in the Lower House of Congress.

However, Trump wants to present Thursday’s vote as one of his greatest triumphs, and even invited congressmen to give their post-vote press conference in the White House gardens.

 

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