The battle to repeal Obamacare: Winners and losers
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.