Ways and Means Chair: House Transparent on ACA Repeal

Cheryl Sanders
March 10, 2017

Much like the legislation's roll-out this week, the committee mark-up session was marred by disorder. The Ways and Means Committee's debate on the repeal bill lasted almost 18 hours. President Trump has vowed to push it through.

Bleary-eyed members of two separate House committees fought to stay awake into the early hours of the morning on the east coast as work progressed on the GOP bill to replace Obamacare.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee also took up the AHCA, but was still debating as of approximately 5:45 a.m. Thursday.

Republicans, who control both House and Senate, are hopeful for mid-April approval of the bill, which would end the penalty for lacking healthcare and repeal a huge number of taxes associated with Obamacare, as well as introduce an age-based tax credit system and overhaul Medicaid.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who remains convinced he has the support to pass the bill, wants that vote to happen this month so the Senate can take up the measure before Easter recess. In addition, at least 4 Republican senators say they can not support it in its current form.

However, Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., disagreed with Brady on that count, saying the Congressional Budget Office should have analyzed the bill to find out its costs and how many people it would cover.

Meanwhile, "t$3 alking points politely trashing the CBO appear to have been distributed to important Republicans", Slate staff writer Jim Newell wrote Wednesday.

Advancing the repeal out of the Ways and Means Committee is among the first steps in repealing and replacing the ACA, also called Obamacare. Trumpcare? House leadership hopes to get repeal thru in 3 weeks.

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