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US Representatives vote to repeal Affordable Care Act

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 08 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2217
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

By a narrow 217 to 213 margin, the US House of Representatives passed legislation on 4 May that, should it become law, will repeal major provisions of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. No Democrats voted for the legislation, and 20 Republicans voted against it.

The bill, called the American Health Care Act, now goes to the Senate where most observers believe it stands little chance of passage in its current form. Republicans have only a three vote majority, and several key Republican moderates have already said that the bill will cause too many of their constituents to lose coverage. Of particular concern are provisions that cut funding for Medicaid and phase out its expansion—a provision of the Affordable Care Act that is credited with increasing the number of people with insurance by more than 14 million.

However, at a celebratory gathering at the White House, President Donald Trump said …

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