The House of Representatives voted for the new and improved American Health Care bill today. The measure squeaked by with the narrowest of margins. The bill needed 216 House votes to pass. It received 217 “Yay” votes. President Trump had buses waiting outside the Capitol to whisk those Congressmen and women to the White House for a Rose Garden victory celebration and news conference.
Twenty Republican representatives could not vote in favor of the bill, called by many “Obamacare light.”
Here, from ABC News, is the list of the GOP members who voted “no”:
Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ-5)
Rep. Mike Coffman (CO-6)
Rep. Barbara Comstock (VA-10)
Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-6)
Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15)
Rep. Dan Donovan (NY-11)
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-8)
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-3)
Rep. Will Hurd (TX-23)
Rep. Walter Jones (NC-3)
Rep. Dave Joyce (OH-13)
Rep. John Katko (NY-24)
Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ-7)
Rep. Frank LoBiondo (NJ-2)
Rep. Thomas Massie (KY-4)
Rep. Patrick Meehan (PA-7)
Rep. Dave Reichert (WA-8)
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27)
Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-4)
Rep. Mike Turner (OH-10)
See how your representative here.
Despite eight years of the Republicans complaining not only about the provisions of Obamacare, but in the way it was passed, Trumpcare shares many similarities to the law it is supposed to replace. Obamacare, officially The Affordable Care Act, was rolled out in the middle of the night. There was no time for any of the members of Congress to read and understand the bill before it was brought to the floor for a vote.
Trumpcare’s final version wasn’t published until 8pm last night, May 3rd, and no member of Congress had the time to read all of its provisions, even though compared to Obamacare’s 2700 pages, Trumpcare is only 123 pages. The Congressional Budget Office, which analyzes and scores pieces of legislation as for their cost to the American taxpayer, hadn’t had a chance to examine Trumpcare before it went to a vote.
Obamacare passed without a single Republican voting in favor of it. Not a single Democrat voted for Trumpcare (AHCA).
The bill now moves to the Senate. It is expected that the Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will face a very tough fight to get the bill to pass in the Senate.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) vows to kill the bill. Yesterday he said “to my moderate Republican colleagues in the House, I ask, ‘Why would you risk a yes vote for a bill that is devastating to your constituents and has virtually a minuscule chance, virtually no chance of becoming law?” Schumer then added, “the reality is TrumpCare cannot pass the Senate.”