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Republicans procrastinated in preparing a workable healthcare bill with which to replace Obamacare. They had six years to work on their own version, but evidently waited until the last minute to begin drafting anything. It’s been a difficult time for House Republicans to draft something that would win enough Republican votes to pass. It seems they just did make it happen, but very narrowly.

For House Republicans, the burden of an unfulfilled campaign promise had simply become too much to bear alone.

And so on Thursday, after an embarrassing early failure and weeks of fits and starts, a narrow GOP majority passed legislation to partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act that even many of its supporters conceded was deeply flawed. The party-line vote was 217-213, with 20 Republicans voting against. The bill now goes to the Senate, where its fate is uncertain at best.

The American Health Care Act scraps the Obamacare mandates that people buy health insurance and that employers provide it, eliminates most of its tax increases, cuts nearly $900 billion from Medicaid while curtailing the program’s expansion, and allows states to seek a waiver exempting them from the current law’s crucial prohibition against insurers charging higher premiums to people with pre-existing conditions. Conservatives complained that the bill did not fully repeal the 2010 law, while moderates blanched at its cuts to Medicaid and its weakening of its most popular consumer protections.

The GOP healthcare bill passed by the House still could not garner all of the Republican votes. Many are already saying the bill is doomed in Senate. Honestly, once a nation has gotten used to a national socialist program that especially helped the lower income groups, it’s extremely difficult to replace it with any other than another socialist plan. Healthcare should be returned to the free market with perhaps some regulations placed on the medical community and insurance providers in order to keep costs down.

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