This afternoon the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives cancelled a vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would have repealed significant portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The vote was cancelled because there were not enough votes to pass the bill.
This action means that the ACA remains the law of the land for the foreseeable future. President Trump said that a plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare would not come up again in the near future.
The AHCA failed to gain enough Republican support for passage because ultraconservatives felt it created a new entitlement program by replacing the ACA’s subsidies with different, scaled down subsidies. It also failed to gain support from moderate Republicans who were concerned that millions of people would lose coverage. No Democrats supported the AHCA.
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