The bat­tle to re­peal Oba­macare: Win­ners and losers

Modern Healthcare - - NEWS - By Har­ris Meyer

Af­ter seven years and many prom­ises, Repub­li­can lead­er­ship failed to get enough votes to pass leg­is­la­tion that would re­peal and re­place the Af­ford­able Care Act. The Amer­i­can Health Care Act was pulled be­fore a sin­gle vote was cast. The move re­ceived mixed re­ac­tions from many who had a lot at stake un­der the bill. Here’s a quick list of who won and who lost as a re­sult of the failed at­tempt to re­peal Oba­macare.


Repub­li­cans who voted no, in­clud­ing Rep. Char­lie Dent of Penn­syl­va­nia, who led a group of mod­er­ates, and Rep. Rod­ney Frel­inghuy­sen of New Jersey, who is chair of the House Ap­pro­pri­a­tions Com­mit­tee.

Trump son-in-law Jared Kush­ner, who re­port­edly told the pres­i­dent not to sup­port the bill and was ski­ing in Colorado dur­ing the March 24 fi­asco.

The Koch broth­ers’ Free­dom Part­ners and Her­itage Ac­tion, which put money against the bill and made it clear they will push for full ACA re­peal.

House Democrats Jim Mc­Gov­ern of Mas­sachusetts, Al­cee Hast­ings of Florida and oth­ers who pas­sion­ately warned of the GOP bill’s dan­gers.

AARP, Fam­i­lies USA, the Amer­i­can Hospital As­so­ci­a­tion and the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, which all took strong pub­lic po­si­tions and ral­lied the troops to op­pose the bill.

The House Free­dom Cau­cus, which op­posed the bill from Day One.

Dr. J. Mario Molina, CEO of Molina Health­care and one of the few vo­cal in­sur­ance in­dus­try op­po­nents of the AHCA.

Med­i­caid and Medi­care ben­e­fi­cia­ries, at least for now.

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, whose ef­forts to over­haul health­care re­main the law of the land.


Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, who re­port­edly vis­ited House mem­bers and de­manded that they pass the bill or else he would aban­don health­care and move on to dif­fer­ent pri­or­i­ties.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, who failed to whip the votes for his long-promised health­care re­form bill.

All the House Repub­li­cans on the four com­mit­tees in the cham­ber who ap­proved the bill. They are now on the record as hav­ing sup­ported leg­is­la­tion that would have caused mil­lions to lose cov­er­age and driven up pre­mi­ums for older peo­ple.

White House chief strate­gist Steve Ban­non and Of­fice of Man­age­ment and Bud­get Di­rec­tor Mick Mul­vaney, who failed to per­suade House Repub­li­cans.

In­sur­ers and peo­ple de­pend­ing on the in­di­vid­ual mar­ket­place to pro­vide them cov­er­age, who still face an un­sta­ble mar­ket.

Wealthy peo­ple, who would have got­ten a big tax cut un­der the bill.

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