The Republican “Wealth Care” Act: House GOP Votes To Repeal Obamacare

The House GOP voted to approve the American Wealth Care Act on Thursday May 4, 2017 to repeal Obamacare and replace it with the cruel and dangerous AHCA.
The American Wealth Care Act.

“Call it wealth care, not health care!”

After years of obstructionism and political grandstanding, 217 Republicans voted on Thursday to unwind major portions of the Affordable Care Act, the principal legislative achievement of former president Barack Obama, a move that will reportedly strip 24 million people of health insurance coverage in order to give tax breaks to the wealthiest in the nation. The bill, which will replace the ACA with Donald Trump’s American Health Care Act (or AHCA), is now set to go before the Senate for a vote. The bill passed without an assessment by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, which is still analyzing the potential costs of the bill.

The bill finally won over support from the Congressional “Freedom Caucus,” a coalition of hard conservatives in the House of Representatives that sought to make the bill even more extreme and cruel after preventing the version that failed to carry support in the House last month.

Among the most devastating elements of the AHCA:

  • Nearly a trillion dollars tax cut for the wealthiest investors, paid for by making massive cuts to insurance subsidies for the poor and middle class.
  • Insurers will be allowed to charge higher premiums for people with pre-existing conditions. This includes rape victims, domestic violence survivors, and women who have undergone C-sections. 
  • States can eliminate caps on lifetime payments by patients, (people who suddenly face a major health crisis and can’t pay out of pocket would be forced to choose between insolvency and their health.)
  • The MacArthur Amendment is a provision to the bill that some have called the most insidious aspect of Trumpcare. Disguised as a states-rights provision, it allows states to cut vital health services like maternity and mental health care my determining that they are no longer “essential health benefits.”
  • People who receive employer-backed insurance packages will not be exempt from the new bill, which reaches into the caps paid by employers as well as Medicaid and insurance from other state exchanges. Who IS exempt? Congress.
Donald Trump and House Republicans celebrate passage of the American "WealthCare" Act, a bill that strips 24 million Americans of health coverage and gives a tax cut to the wealthy.
Photo by Carlos Barria | Reuters .

Every House Democrat voted no on the bill, which Donald Trump celebrated outside of the Rose Garden at the White House with a seemingly endless sea of white, male lawmakers at his side. Of the 217 Republicans who voted yes on the bill, 35 are up for re-election in 2o18 in swing district states.

The bill will be particularly disastrous for LGBT Americans and women, two minority groups whose ability to obtain, maintain, and afford health insurance was greatly burdened prior to the Affordable Care Act, which made it illegal to deny people coverage or gouge them with higher rates because of “pre-existing conditions.” Furthermore, the Affordable Care Act simply made it easier for LGBT Americans and women to get insured. The 2013 Supreme Court ruling in U.S. v. Windsor struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), making more LGBT Americans eligible for employer sponsored coverage through their spouses, as well as eligibility for Medicaid and tax credits to purchase coverage on the exchanges.

The bill is now moving to the Senate. Concerned citizens are calling their Senators to oppose the AHCA. 

The following Republicans voted yes:
Mark Amodei, Nev. FC Andy Biggs, Ariz.
TG Carlos Curbelo, Fla. TG Mike Coffman, Colo.
TG Jeff Denham, Calif. TG Barbara Comstock, Va.
David Young, Iowa TG Ryan Costello, Pa.
Ralph Abraham, La. TG Charlie Dent, Pa.
Robert B. Aderholt, Ala. TG Daniel Donovan, N.Y.
Rick Allen, Ga. Brian Fitzpatrick, Pa.
FC Justin Amash, Mich. TG Jaime Herrera Beutler, Wash.
Jodey Arrington, Tex. Walter B. Jones, N.C.
Brian Babin, Tex. TG John Katko, N.Y.
Don Bacon, Neb. TG Leonard Lance, N.J.
Jim Banks, Ind. TG Frank A. LoBiondo, N.J.
Lou Barletta, Pa. Thomas Massie, Ky.
Garland “Andy” Barr, Ky. TG Patrick Meehan, Pa.
FC Joe Barton, Tex. TG Dave Reichert, Wash.
Jack Bergman, Mich. TG Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Fla.
Gus M. Bilirakis, Fla. Christopher H. Smith, N.J.
Mike Bishop, Mich. TG David Joyce, Ohio
Rob Bishop, Utah TG Michael R. Turner, Ohio
Diane Black, Tenn. Will Hurd, Tex.
Marsha Blackburn, Tenn.
FC Rod Blum, Iowa
TG Mike Bost, Ill.
Kevin Brady, Tex.
FC Dave Brat, Va.
FC Jim Bridenstine, Okla.
FC Mo Brooks, Ala.
TG Susan Brooks, Ind.
Vern Buchanan, Fla.
FC Ken Buck, Colo.
Larry Bucshon, Ind.
Ted Budd, N.C.
TG Michael C. Burgess, Tex.
Bradley Byrne, Ala.
Ken Calvert, Calif.
Earl L. “Buddy” Carter, Ga.
John Carter, Tex.
Steve Chabot, Ohio
Jason Chaffetz, Utah
Liz Cheney, Wyo.
Tom Cole, Okla.
TG Chris Collins, N.Y.
Douglas A. Collins, Ga.
James Comer, Ky.
K. Michael Conaway, Tex.
TG Paul Cook, Calif.
Kevin Cramer, N.D.
Eric A. “Rick” Crawford, Ark.
John Abney Culberson, Tex.
FC Warren Davidson, Ohio
TG Rodney Davis, Ill.
FC Ron DeSantis, Fla.
FC Scott DesJarlais, Tenn.
TG Mario Diaz-Balart, Fla.
TG Sean P. Duffy, Wis.
FC Jeff Duncan, S.C.
John J. Duncan Jr., Tenn.
Neal Dunn, Fla.
Tom Emmer, Minn.
Blake Farenthold, Tex.
John Faso, N.Y.
Drew Ferguson, Ga.
Charles J. “Chuck” Fleischmann, Tenn.
Bill Flores, Tex.
TG Jeff Fortenberry, Neb.
Virginia Foxx, N.C.
FC Trent Franks, Ariz.
TG Rodney Frelinghuysen, N.J.
Matt Gaetz, Fla.
Mike Gallagher, Wis.
FC Thomas Garrett, Va.
Bob Gibbs, Ohio
FC Louie Gohmert, Tex.
Bob Goodlatte, Va.
FC Paul A. Gosar, Ariz.
Trey Gowdy, S.C.
Kay Granger, Tex.
Garret Graves, La.
Sam Graves, Mo.
Tom Graves, Ga.
FC H. Morgan Griffith, Va.
Glenn Grothman, Wis.
Brett Guthrie, Ky.
Gregg Harper, Miss.
FC Andy Harris, Md.
Vicky Hartzler, Mo.
Jeb Hensarling, Tex.
FC Jody Hice, Ga.
Clay Higgins, La.
French Hill, Ark.
George Holding, N.C.
Trey Hollingsworth, Ind.
Richard Hudson, N.C.
Bill Huizenga, Mich.
Randy Hultgren, Ill.
Duncan D. Hunter, Calif.
Darrell Issa, Calif.
Evan Jenkins, W.Va.
TG Lynn Jenkins, Kan.
TG Bill Johnson, Ohio
Mike Johnson, La.
Sam Johnson, Tex.
FC Jim Jordan, Ohio
Mike Kelly, Pa.
Trent Kelly, Miss.
TG Peter T. King, N.Y.
Steve King, Iowa
TG Adam Kinzinger, Ill.
Steve Knight, Calif.
David Kustoff, Tenn.
FC Raúl R. Labrador, Idaho
Darin LaHood, Ill.
Doug LaMalfa, Calif.
Doug Lamborn, Colo.
Robert E. Latta, Ohio
Jason Lewis, Minn.
Billy Long, Mo.
Barry Loudermilk, Ga.
Mia Love, Utah
Frank D. Lucas, Okla.
Blaine Luetkemeyer, Mo.
TG Tom MacArthur, N.J.
Kenny Marchant, Tex.
Tom Marino, Pa.
Roger Marshall, Kan.
Brian Mast, Fla.
Kevin McCarthy, Calif.
Michael McCaul, Tex.
Tom McClintock, Calif.
Patrick T. McHenry, N.C.
TG David B. McKinley, W.Va.
TG Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Wash.
TG Martha McSally, Ariz.
FC Mark Meadows, N.C.
Luke Messer, Ind.
Paul Mitchell, Mich.
John Moolenaar, Mich.
FC Alex Mooney, W.Va.
Markwayne Mullin, Okla.
TG Tim Murphy, Pa.
Kristi L. Noem, S.D.
Devin Nunes, Calif.
Pete Olson, Tex.
Steven M. Palazzo, Miss.
FC Gary Palmer, Ala.
TG Erik Paulsen, Minn.
FC Stevan Pearce, N.M.
FC Scott Perry, Pa.
Robert Pittenger, N.C.
Ted Poe, Tex.
Bruce Poliquin, Maine
Ron Estes, Kan.
FC Bill Posey, Fla.
John Ratcliffe, Tex.
TG Tom Reed, N.Y.
TG James B. Renacci, Ohio
Tom Rice, S.C.
Martha Roby, Ala.
Phil Roe, Tenn.
Harold Rogers, Ky.
Mike D. Rogers, Ala.
Dana Rohrabacher, Calif.
Todd Rokita, Ind.
Francis Rooney, Fla.
TG Thomas J. Rooney, Fla.
Peter J. Roskam, Ill.
Dennis A. Ross, Fla.
Keith Rothfus, Pa.
David Rouzer, N.C.
Edward R. Royce, Calif.
Steve Russell, Okla.
John Rutherford, Fla.
Paul D. Ryan, Wis.
FC Mark Sanford, S.C.
Steve Scalise, La.
FC David Schweikert, Ariz.
Austin Scott, Ga.
F. James Jr. Sensenbrenner, Wis.
Pete Sessions, Tex.
John Shimkus, Ill.
Bill Shuster, Pa.
Mike Simpson, Idaho
Adrian Smith, Neb.
Jason T. Smith, Mo.
Lamar Smith, Tex.
Lloyd Smucker, Pa.
TG Elise Stefanik, N.Y.
Chris Stewart, Utah
TG Steve Stivers, Ohio
Scott W. Taylor, Va.
Claudia Tenney, N.Y.
TG Glenn Thompson, Pa.
Mac Thornberry, Tex.
TG Patrick J. Tiberi, Ohio
Scott R. Tipton, Colo.
Dave Trott, Mich.
TG Fred Upton, Mich.
TG David Valadao, Calif.
Ann Wagner, Mo.
Tim Walberg, Mich.
TG Greg Walden, Ore.
Mark Walker, N.C.
Jackie Walorski, Ind.
Mimi Walters, Calif.
FC Randy Weber, Tex.
Daniel Webster, Fla.
Brad Wenstrup, Ohio
Bruce Westerman, Ark.
Roger Williams, Tex.
Joe Wilson, S.C.
Rob Wittman, Va.
TG Steve Womack, Ark.
Rob Woodall, Ga.
Kevin Yoder, Kan.
FC Ted Yoho, Fla.
Don Young, Alaska
Lee Zeldin, N.Y.

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