News is just breaking that the American Healthcare Act (AHCA) vote has been postponed as factions spar over complete ‘repeal and replace’ versus getting something passed that offsets the onerous Obamacare provisions.
The legislation has been controversial and divisive amongst members of the GOP as it doesn’t go far enough to actually remove Obamacare and replace it with something that increases competition in the market place.
Here are the details known thus far:
According to Business Insider:
One of the sources, who spoke with multiple Hill Republicans, said the vote on the American Health Care Act — the GOP leadership’s bill to repeal and replace Obamacare — would be pushed to a later date.
The impasse between Republicans came as hardline conservative members of the GOP in the House Freedom Caucus demanded more concessions on repealing parts of Obamacare, while moderate Republicans balked at those aggressive changes.
After meeting with President Trump on Thursday, House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows said that there was no deal agreed to and that the GOP did not have enough votes to pass the bill.
One of Business Insider’s sources said the breakdown was over the Freedom Caucus’ desire to repeal essential health benefits — part of Obamacare that mandated insurers cover basic health procedures such as prenatal care and preventive health services.
Reportedly, the Freedom Caucus wanted this to be repealed and pushed for a repeal of the ACA’s provisions preventing insurers from denying patients based on a preexisting condition.
At the same time, moderate Republicans were worried that the concessions went too far and a handful came out against the bill for being too severe.
This is not a surprising development, as top officials signaled as much after an earlier meeting with the president today.
BREAKING: House Freedom Caucus chairman says "no deal" reached on health bill after meeting with Trump, putting vote in doubt.
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 23, 2017
While some folks might feel this is a bad omen, in reality, it never hurts to take time and not rush through legislation that impacts all Americans — something we learned with “pass it to see what’s in it” Obamacare.
There are definitely issues with the bill, so hopefully this delay will result in added discussion and debate that will help solve those problems and provide a bill that will result in an improved health care system for all, and relieve the burden on consumers and business owners alike.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]