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The House Health Care Bill

  • House Passes Measure to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) New York Times by Thomas Kaplan and Robert Pear—The House on Thursday narrowly approved legislation to repeal and replace major parts of the ACA, as Republicans recovered from their earlier failures and moved a step closer to delivering on their promise to reshape American health care without mandated insurance coverage. The vote, 217 to 213, held on President Trump's 105th day in office, is a significant step on what could be a long legislative road. Twenty Republicans bolted from their leadership to vote no. But the win keeps alive the party's dream of unwinding President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement.

  • Republicans Didn't Like Their Health Care Bill But Voted for It Anyway Washington Post by Paul Kane—Republicans pushed a health care bill through the House Thursday that few lawmakers truly liked. They instead viewed the measure as a necessary step to demonstrate some sense of momentum and some ability to govern in GOP-controlled Washington.  Rather than embrace policy cobbled together to replace the 2010 ACA, many Republicans simply decided the best move was to approve a flawed bill—and ram it through a flawed process—so that the Senate would get a chance to fix the House's mistakes, setting up a major negotiation later.

  • The Next Step for the Republican Health Care Bill: A Skeptical Senate New York Times by Matt Flegenheimer—As House Republicans on Thursday shoved their health care bill across the finish line, stuffing it with amendments and extra dollars to secure a hard-won majority, the lawmakers who will inherit the legislation delivered their own message from across the Capitol: That's cute. On the Senate side, where several Republicans have long been deeply skeptical of the House effort, the bill is expected to undergo sweeping changes that might leave it unrecognizable—perhaps stripping away some of the provisions that helped earn the support of hard-right House members and ultimately secure its passage.

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