Bye, Bye Obamacare: Congress Approves First Step to Repeal Obamacare

Last Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a bill that will start the process to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. With 227 votes to 198, the bill obtained no support from Democrats and nine Republicans.

Even though previously some republicans stated that the new administration will not promote a replacement for the current health care law so soon, President- elect Donald Trump and other Republican leaders tried to encourage the repeals and replacement of Obamacare “almost simultaneously”.

However, some Republicans, such as Representative Justin Amash, R-Mich., and Charlie Dent, R-Penn, are worried that the GOP leaders are rushing replacing Obamacare without a “deliberate and thoughtful” replacement first

Dent stated in a phone interview with NBC that it is necessary to

“Fully develop and articulate a comprehensive and achievable replacement plan that meets the health needs of the people in our districts,”

But the most members of the GOP party support the idea of a prompt replacement.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, for example, encourage his colleagues to vote in favor of this bill and seems positive on the outcome.

“By taking this first step toward repealing Obamacare, we are closer to giving Americans relief from the problems this law has caused,” Ryan said in a statement after the vote. “This resolution gives us the tools we need for a step-by-step approach to fix these problems and put Americans back in control of their health care.”

Hopefully, this law marks the beginning of a better health care law than Obamacare that has brought trouble to many Americans.

Hopefully, this law marks the beginning of an improved health care law instead of Obamacare that has bring trouble to many Americans.

Read full article at NBC News

Maria Robles is a recent graduate from New Jersey City University. She believes that everyone should be informed about current issues affecting our society.