Fri May 12, 2017

By a 217-213 vote on May 4 with 19 Republicans and all Democrats voting in opposition, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act, which moves toward the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare.” The bill faces an uncertain future in the Senate with parliamentary challenges and amendments likely being added to gain support from several moderate Republicans while risking votes from conservative senators making it impossible to reach the 51-vote threshold needed for passage under budget reconciliation. The taxes included in Obamacare would be eliminated or delayed in H.R. 1628, including permanent repeal of the tax on medical devices. The timeline for Senate consideration of the legislation is unclear at this time.