According to the NY Times, the House measure faces profound uncertainty in the Senate, where the legislation’s steep spending cuts will almost certainly be moderated.
Any legislation that can get through the Senate will again have to clear the House and its conservative majority.
Ten of the twelve members of the NJ Congressional Delegation voted no. Only Congressmen Rodney Frelinghuysen and Tom MacArthur voted in favor of the repeal of the ACA.
In March Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen had opposed the repeal and replace legislation. After yesterday’s vote he said:
“The earlier version of the House-proposed American Health Care Act was unacceptable to me. Today, I want to reassure New Jersey families that this legislation protects those with pre-existing conditions and restores essential health benefits.”
Congressman Tom MacArthur who drafted the amendment that led to the legislation’s approval said this at the White House after the vote.
“I have said from the beginning of this long process that this has to be about people, not about politics.”