The Republican-sponsored bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act failed in the House of Representatives on Friday, leaving President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans without a path to a replacement that they have been promising for months.
The bill, which Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have long touted as a blueprint for a more compassionate health care system, failed by just 24 votes.
It also failed to win over key Senate Democrats, including Sen. Bernie Sanders Bernard (Bernie) SandersFlake to visit New Hampshire amid 2020 speculation Biden is Democrat feared by GOP Kavanaugh tactics divide Democrats MORE (I-Vt.), who have been critical of the plan.
But the legislation faces a critical obstacle in the Senate, where Democrats have signaled they may not support it at all.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Charles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerElection Countdown: Kavanaugh allegations put GOP in tough spot | Republicans start to pull plug on candidates | Dems get early start in Iowa | O’Rourke defends Cruz after protesters interrupt dinner | Why Biden is the Democrat GOP most fears Dems seek to rebuild blue wall in 2020 MORE (D-N.Y.) said Friday that he will not be voting for the bill, despite his concerns over the process that led to its passage.
In a statement, Schumer said, “This bill will not provide healthcare for millions of Americans, and instead will allow insurers to discriminate against people with preexisting conditions.
It will not fix the system and it will not improve our health care.
We need to get serious about addressing our serious problems, not passing a bad bill that won’t fix anything.”
Democrats were also critical of several other provisions of the legislation, including a provision that would allow people to be charged more for their insurance if they had a pre-existing condition and a provision allowing people to pay more for a prescription drug.
The legislation also included several changes to how insurers charge sick people and small businesses, which Democrats said would hurt middle-class Americans.
Schumer said the legislation is not “a complete and perfect solution to the problems facing America,” and the bill “doesn’t do a good job of addressing those problems.”
The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 56 to 43 on Thursday, and it is expected to pass the House next week.
The vote comes as the Senate prepares to consider the Republican-backed legislation, known as the American Healthcare Act.
Democrats are pushing the bill as a replacement to the Affordable Health Care Program Act, or Obamacare.
The Senate will vote on the bill next week and send it to the White House for approval, although it has not yet been released to the public.
The House passed the American Care Act on Friday by a margin of 228-206.
The measure would repeal the Medicaid expansion, expand insurance coverage for people with pre-disposed medical conditions, and allow people with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level to buy private health insurance through state-run exchanges.
It would also allow people over 65 to stay on their parents’ health insurance until age 26.
The American Health Act would also repeal the requirement that people purchase insurance or face penalties, expand Medicaid coverage to cover low-income families and expand health savings accounts.
The GOP bill also includes a number of changes to the Medicare program, including eliminating the expansion of Medicare Advantage plans for seniors, repealing the Medicare premium tax credit for high-income people and allowing the government to negotiate a lower cost for prescription drugs.
Democrats have argued that the Republican bill would drive up the cost of Medicare, which has long been the most popular government program.
The proposal is a response to a Democratic criticism that the legislation would result in a “death spiral” in which Medicare costs would skyrocket.
The Congressional Budget Office estimated the American health care law would reduce federal spending by $119 billion over the next decade, but Republicans argue that the bill will save the government $1.4 trillion in 2024.
The CBO did not provide a number for the increase in federal spending under the bill.
In addition to the $1 trillion figure, the CBO said that the Senate’s plan would cut taxes for people earning more than $1 million a year by $1,000 a year.
It estimates that the cuts in the bill would reduce the economy’s gross domestic product by 0.7 percent over the first decade.
A Senate aide told The Hill on Friday that Republicans would have to pass their legislation before the Congressional Budget Board can make any recommendations.
The office also estimated that the tax cuts would reduce government revenue by $6.9 trillion over the same time period.
The Democratic aide added that Republicans could not include a $500-per-person limit on deductibles and co-payments in the legislation.