No Democrats supported the initiative. That measure passed the Senate 81-17 Thursday.
The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, which is non-partisan, has said repealing President Barack Obama’s signature health insurance law entirely would cost roughly $350 billion (£287bn) over 10 years.
Some Senate Republicans said lawmakers should wait to hear Trump’s repeal-and-replace plan. “And it would enable insurers to deny people coverage simply because they have pre-existing conditions like asthma or diabetes”.
The House is set to consider the budget resolution on Friday, but some Republicans have suggested they feel uneasy about voting in favor of the resolution without having more details about what the replacement will look like. Shortly after 1 a.m., while most Americans were sleeping, Republican legislators passed a resolution containing a measure that initiates the process to repeal the ACA. On the other hand, Democrats have cited the more than 20 million people who have gained access to healthcare and the fact that total spending on healthcare in the USA has been increasing at the slowest rate in 50 years.
In a late night vote Wednesday the republican controlled United States senate started the process to repeal Obamacare.
“This law is collapsing as we speak”, House Majority Leader Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) said on Friday during the debate on the House floor.
“We have to step in before things get worse. This is nothing short of a rescue mission”.
Republicans see the law as a sinking ship.
Moderated by CNN’s Jake Tapper, the town hall gave Americans an opportunity to express their concerns to Ryan about the GOP’s goal to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn) yelled out his opposition as well, saying “I vote no on behalf of them or than 2.3 million Minnesotans who can no longer be discriminated against because of the ACA”.
Stefanik said when she took office in 2015, she enrolled in Obamacare instead of accepting the congressional health plan, and she does not accept a subsidy.
The US House of Representatives on Friday struck the second blow against the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Strangely enough, President-elect Donald Trump has said that the switch from Obamacare to an alternative healthcare law “will be essentially simultaneous; the same day or the same week”, the Washington Post reported.