The House of Representatives Votes “Yes” on American Health Care Act

American Health Care Act

The House of Representatives Votes “Yes” on American Health Care Act

The Trump Administration and the Republican Party have consistently identified the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as a top priority. One of President Trump’s first actions after being sworn in was to issue an Executive Order urging relevant agencies and committees to take action to minimize the burden of the ACA until a replacement has been enacted.

Since then, the Republican-led House and Senate have been working on plans to officially repeal and replace the ACA. On March 6, 2017, the House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee each released bills, collectively referred to as the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Their goal has been to usher the proposed plan through the budget reconciliation process, which allows Congress to repeal and replace key components of the ACA legislation with a simple majority vote (and with no opportunity for filibuster) as long as the proposed changes directly impact the federal budget.

On March 24, 2017, the House of Representatives pulled the AHCA bill from the floor without a vote due to lack of support. On May 4, 2017, a revised version of the bill passed the House with a 217-213 vote – just one vote over the 216-majority threshold – effectively moving the bill further down the path towards becoming law.

The bill will now be subject to a Senate vote, where a simple majority (51 votes) is required in order to pass it. There is no definitive timeline for the Senate vote, and any amendments the Senate makes to the bill will also have to be passed by the House in another vote.  While this is a step towards repealing the ACA, it’s important to remember that ACA is still the law of the land, and all employers are encouraged to continue complying with the regulations.

Equifax remains committed to helping employers navigate the ACA and maintain compliance. To learn more about common challenges that employers face despite the House’s “yes” ACHA vote, download our Top 10 ACA Challenges Employers Face in 2017.


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The draft legislation released by Republicans in the House of Representatives can be found at the following links.