The House Ways and Means Committee spent 18 hours talking over the new healthcare plan proposed by the GOP named The American Health Care Act before finally approving it. While Republicans were confident that approval would be quick, Democrats are using tactics to delay the process.
A lot of controversy has surrounded the bill. The American Medical Association (AMA) released a statement that while they understand the problems associated with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), they “cannot support the current bill as drafted” due to the expected decrease in “health insurance coverage and the potential harm it can cause the vulnerable patient populations.”
Other large hospital organizations are also opposing this Act, stating that programs like AARP, Medicare and Medicaid could potentially be weakened as a result. Some conservative medical lobby groups have stood by this statement as well.
On Capitol Hill, revisions for the Act began early Wednesday morning on March 8, and continued for about 18 hours. The Energy and Commerce Committee debated the proposition to change the name of the Act, which turned out to be the Democrats first amendment.
The progression for approval is ongoing.