On March 6, 2017, House Republicans released the much-anticipated American Health Care Act (“AHCA”) bill that would effectively replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”), which is currently responsible for covering approximately 20 million individuals through a combination of health insurance offered through state-based and federally-run Exchanges and the expansion of healthcare coverage.
One of President Trump’s policy promises has been that “On day one of the Trump Administration, we will ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare.” Now that President Trump is in office, and Republicans control the legislative branch of the government, members of Congress are actively working through the legislative process to repeal and replace the ACA.
In fact, the AHCA passed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee on March 9, 2017 and passed the House Budget Committee on March 26, 2017. The AHCA is proceeding to the Rules Committee, which will set the terms of the debate before the bill goes to the full House. Upon passage by the House, the bill will move to the Senate under budget reconciliation rules.