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American Health Care Act passes 217 – 213 along party lines

The American Health Care Act of 2017 has passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 217 to 213.

In what may be a historic vote, the yeas and nays split along party lines but the Republican health care plan, including one amendment, now moves on to the Senate.

The first vote came on H.R. 2192 which amends AHCA to remove the exemption congressional members and their staff would have enjoyed. The amendment passed 429 – 0.

This bill has been proposed to be passed in tandem with the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the bill that would replace the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). In order to meet the requirements of the budget reconciliation process so that the AHCA is not subject to the Senate filibuster, the AHCA exempt Members of Congress from some changes to the health care law. This bill, H.R. 2192, removes those exemptions so that Members of Congress face the same health care options as other Americans.

Passage and vote count of HR 1628 American Health Care Act 2017

The second vote considered H.R. 1628 which is the American Health Care Act of 2017. The bill passed 217 – 213. Not a single democrat crossed party lines to vote for the bill while 20 Republicans voted against. Once the vote total hit 216, the floor of the House erupted with the singing of Steam’s “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.” “Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye,” echoed for a full minute once victory for Republicans was certain.

The 20 Republicans who voted ‘no’ came from Arizona, Colorado, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Texas, North Carolina, Florida and Washington:

  • Andy Biggs – AZ
  • Mike Coffman CO
  • Barbara Comstock – VA
  • Ryan Costello – PA
  • Charlie Dent – PA
  • Daniel Donovan – NY
  • Brian Fitzpatrick – PA
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler – WA
  • Will Hurd – TX
  • Walter Jones – NC
  • David Joyce – OH
  • John Katko – NY
  • Leonard Lance – NJ
  • Frank LoBiondo – NJ
  • Thomas Massie – KY
  • Pat Meehan – PA
  • David Reichert – WA
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen – FL
  • Chris Smith – NJ

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3 comments

  1. Why is it a good idea when our country is broke, and taking on ever increasing debt,to start passing out more candy of another entitlement(cheap health care). In this bill(and in OBAMACARE) government payments go to health insurance companies who can then sell health care coverage at costs they could not otherwise sustain ?

  2. How did the vote go today on H.R. 2192? Congress must live by the rules it creates. Why is it OKAY for our paid Government Members to be EXEMPT on important things? Members of Congress should be treated NO differently than other Americans struggling to afford healthcare. Representatives and Senators should have to abide by the very same coverage as their constituents, and anything short of that is simply hypocrisy. If it is good enough for us! Why is it NOT good enough for you? For 8 years you were exempt, now it it is time to join your constituents. H.R. 2192 is difficult to read for the average American. (Double negatives)

  3. How did the vote go today on H.R. 2192? Congress must live by the rules it creates. Why is it OKAY for our paid Government Members to be EXEMPT on important things? Members of Congress should be treated NO differently than other Americans struggling to afford healthcare. Representatives and Senators should have to abide by the very same coverage as their constituents, and anything short of that is simply hypocrisy. If it is good enough for us! Why is it NOT good enough for you? For 8 years you were exempt, now it it is time to join your constituents. H.R. 2192 is difficult to read for the average American. (Double negatives)

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