Thursday, March 9, 2017
All-nighters produce first win for House GOP health care bill as opposition mounts
Republicans on a pivotal House committee scored an initial triumph in their effort to scuttle former President Obama’s health care overhaul, using a pre-dawn vote Thursday to abolish the tax penalty his statute imposes on people who don’t purchase insurance and reshaping how millions of Americans buy medical care.
Yet the Ways and Means panel’s approval of health care legislation only masked deeper problems Republican backers face. Hospitals, doctors and consumer groups mounted intensifying opposition to the GOP health care drive, and the White House and Republican leaders labored to rally a divided party behind their high-stakes overhaul crusade.
The American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association and AARP, the nation’s largest advocacy group for older people, were aaligned against the measure. Seven years ago, their backing was instrumental in enacting Mr. Obama’s health care statute, which President Trump and Republicans are intent on erasing.