The conservative-controlled House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill that would overturn the Affordable Care Act, a move that would make it harder for millions of people to stay healthy and help Republicans win back control of the House and Senate.
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and ranking member Jim Jordan (R–Ohio) introduced the American Health Care Act after a meeting of the conservative House Freedom Caucus last month.
House Republicans had initially voted to pass the measure with a procedural motion but then pulled the bill after it was clear the bill did not have enough votes to pass.
Instead, they decided to take a two-week delay in the bill and then push the legislation through the chamber with a simple majority vote.
The legislation was initially intended to be the second major health-care bill in as many months and was expected to include a number of changes, including allowing states to waive certain requirements for insurers and Medicaid expansion.
However, the legislation was quickly vetoed by President Donald Trump on Monday because of concerns about the bill’s effects on the American health care system.
The bill would also require states to establish a health insurance exchange for people to purchase coverage.
The House bill also would create an Office of Patient Safety for insurers to oversee state insurance markets.
The office would be overseen by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The Trump administration argued the proposal was too complicated, with insurers already required to provide coverage in most states.
The White House has said it would not approve the legislation unless it made changes to Obamacare, including providing subsidies to help people buy insurance.
The Congressional Budget Office estimated that repealing the law would increase the federal deficit by $194 billion over the next decade.