By Janet M. Colliton, Daily Local News, 3/13/17
It is sad to say but, if you wanted to draft a bill that caused as many Americans as possible to lose their health care coverage, you would be hard pressed to find a better candidate than the American Health Care Act, a bill recently passed out of two U.S. House of Representatives committees. Thankfully it has not been enacted yet. A bipartisan Congressional Budget Committee report is due and is expected to indicate the impact.
Regardless of complaints both from the right and from the left, House Speaker Ryan indicates that this bill is the best chance to rescind the Affordable Care Act and he therefore discourages attempts at voting the bill down or proposing amendments. One suspects that, after seven years of opponents’ calls to eliminate Obamacare, the feeling is that something, anything should be passed to show that it can be done. On the other hand this is a heavy price to pay to make a point….
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