AHCA House Vote May Need To Happen Again
The House of Representatives might need to vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) again because someone forgot to do their homework.
The House passed the bill thanks to the Republican majority on May 4. This was a rush vote pushed by House Speaker Paul Ryan, who honestly just really needed a win.
But apparently Ryan pushed the vote too soon, and now might have to take it back, according to Bloomberg.
Health care is Ryan's thing. But back in March, his first attempt at a health care bill to repeal and replace Obamacare failed miserably.
Repealing and replacing Obamacare was something Ryan's been screaming about for years, so it was pretty embarrassing for him to fall on his face when he got his first chance.
So Ryan tried, tried again with the AHCA House vote in May.
And it worked! The bill passed...just barely.
It was set to go on to the Senate for a vote. Republicans celebrated. They had a party at the White House and beer and everything. Classy.
There's just one little catch before that Senate vote.
Apparently, Ryan has not sent the bill to the Senate yet, despite it passing two weeks ago in the House.
That's because he forced the House vote before the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analyzed the effects the AHCA would have on Americans. The CBO is a nonpartisan group that estimates things.
If the CBO shows some costly effects, changes may have to be made on the bill, which means the House would have to vote again.
There's a chance the CBO analysis will not look super good for Ryan and the Republicans.
Back in March, the CBO analyzed the first AHCA attempt. That analysis found that 24 million people would lose insurance by 2026, which, yikes.
This current iteration of the AHCA seems likely to cost some Americans a lot, especially where it concerns pre-existing conditions and women's health. And it'd defund Planned Parenthood, so that's fun.
Many Americans have been wondering how to stop the AHCA from passing in the Senate.
Turns out, Paul Ryan is handling that work for activists by rushing his work and tripping himself up. This is why professors tell you to not start a big project the night before it's due!