UPDATE 3/27/17: Despite days of intense negotiations and last-minute concessions to win over wavering GOP conservatives and moderates, House Republican leaders Friday failed to secure enough support to pass their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the bill from consideration after he rushed to the White House to tell President Donald Trump that there weren’t the 216 votes necessary for passage.” (Kaiser Health News, March 24, 2017)
Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives have released the American Health Care Act, a bill which seeks to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The primary House committees with jurisdiction over health care—Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means—will begin deliberating the bill on Wednesday, March 8. Significant changes to this proposed bill are expected.
Until this legislation—or any other proposed ACA “repeal and replace” legislation—is passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Trump, all existing ACA requirements remain in effect, including penalties for noncompliance.
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