CHA News Article

House Passes American Health Care Act
Legislation will now move to Senate for consideration

The House of Representatives voted today on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would partially repeal the Affordable Care Act. The vote was 217-213; the California delegation voted along party lines. 

In March, House leadership pulled the AHCA from consideration on the floor when it became clear the legislation had insufficient support. In the intervening weeks, negotiations between the conservative Freedom Caucus, the administration and others continued. Rep. MacArthur (R-NJ) crafted an amendment that would allow states to seek federal waivers to opt out of key insurance protections, including community rating, essential health benefits and preventing discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions. The amendment was successful in bringing along several very conservative members from the Freedom Caucus. Late on Tuesday another group of Republicans — including California Reps. Denham, Valadao and Knight — sponsored an amendment to provide an additional $8 billion for high-risk pools in states opting for waivers. Reps. Denham and Cook (R-CA) had previously publicly declared they would not support the AHCA.

CHA issued the attached public statement after Thursday’s vote, outlining grave concerns over the deep cuts to Medicaid funding and the potential loss of coverage for as many as 4 million Californians. Key leaders in the U.S. Senate have indicated that they oppose many of the AHCA’s provisions and expect to draft a very different proposal.