GOP Health Plan Passes House
An amendment to add $8 billion to help fund high-risk pools swayed enough Republicans who were worried the legislation didn’t offer enough protections for people with preexisting conditions.
House Republicans on Thursday passed legislation aimed at repealing and replacing ObamaCare, taking a major step toward a long-held goal and setting in motion an overhaul of the nation’s health system. The narrow 217-213 vote is a victory for GOP leaders, who faced a tumultuous path to getting the bill to the floor. The measure had to be pulled in March because of a lack of votes, but a series of deals since then brought on board the conservative Freedom Caucus and then wavering moderates. (Sullivan, 5/4)