It was a close party line vote with a 217 to 213 vote, with 23 of the so-called “Freedom Caucus” now voting for this bill to hurt Americans. There was no CBO score and apparently no one can find anyone who read the thing.
Vox provides a list of the people who will be hurt if this bill becomes law:
- Working poor people who gained Medicaid under Obamacare
- Seniors, disabled people, and others who qualified for Medicaid even before Obamacare
- States hard hit by the opiate crisis
- People in states that take a Medicaid “block grant,” who could see dramatic cuts in coverage
- Pregnant women and new mothers
- People with preexisting conditions
- Families with chronic conditions
- Low-income Americans not on Medicaid
- Older people on the exchanges
- Children in special education programs
- Planned Parenthood patients
The biggest winners are households making $250,000 a year or more, who would see two different taxes targeting them repealed; households with millions in investment income would come out particularly far ahead.
This has a tougher row to hoe in the Senate, but you cannot underestimate the need of the GOP to throw as many Americans under the bus so that their funders can get a tax cut. And if the CBO scoring on this thing is as bad as expected next week, they’ll all have some explaining to do.
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