The Housekeeping meme was born in April 2018 when House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) was trying to get his party to support the bill to make the Affordable Care Act (ACA) work better.
House leaders had passed a similar bill in May that they believed would pass the Senate, but it stalled on the Senate floor after it was amended.
Then, Ryan and other Republican leaders announced they would not include a repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate in the tax bill.
The House and Senate passed the House version of the AHCA in July, but a procedural move to allow the Senate to take up the House bill led to the House GOP failing to pass the bill in a vote.
When the Senate voted on its own version of AHCA later that month, it passed with an 81-19 majority.
After this week’s vote, Ryan announced that he would be changing his position on the AHC.
“The House leadership’s latest decision to eliminate the individual mandate from the AHCC is a step backwards for the American people,” Ryan said in a statement.
“I will not support this bill.
We will keep fighting to repeal Obamacare and replace it with real health care reform that is good for families, the economy, and for our nation’s security.”
He continued, “In order to move forward, I will no longer support the House’s effort to repeal the individual insurance mandate.
That is why I have instructed my leadership team to begin the process of drafting a replacement plan for the AHCOB.”
House Republicans voted to approve the AHCM on Thursday, March 26.
“We’re going to start the process to draft a replacement for the Affordable Health Care Act,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said on the House floor on March 26, as quoted by Politico.
“It’s going to be a long process.
We’re going with a plan that is really going to have a lot of different components.
It’s going in a very bipartisan way, and we’re going in with a sense of common purpose.”
The AHCA has been under fire for the changes it would make to health insurance coverage for millions of Americans and the fact that it would allow people to buy insurance across state lines.
However, the AHRC has faced criticism from the Congressional Budget Office that it was the least expensive option for the United States to repeal and replace Obamacare.
The CBO has estimated that AHCA would lead to 24 million people losing their insurance by 2026.
However the CBO has also predicted that the AHEC would cost taxpayers $3 trillion over the next decade.
The AHRC would also allow states to opt out of a federal mandate to buy health insurance.
“Repealing the individual market mandate is a good idea, but there are two things that are really, really important: It will give states flexibility to choose what they do with that money, and it will make sure the markets don’t collapse and people don’t get hurt,” Ryan added on Thursday.
“This bill does a great job of addressing both of those issues.”
In addition to Ryan’s decision to support an AHCA replacement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R – KY) has also indicated that he is open to changing his mind on the ACA’s individual insurance mandates, according to a March 28 Washington Post article.
“There’s nothing stopping us from changing our minds on those issues,” McConnell told reporters in March.
“At some point we have to look at the bill.”
A spokesman for the Senate’s leadership confirmed to Politico that McConnell has “been open to working with the House to fix the AHCs flaws.”
“We are hopeful that this House will be able to craft a bipartisan plan to replace the ACA,” the spokesman said in an email to Politico.