AHCA makes it through second House committee: What's next?

The American Health Care Act is gaining traction in the House, The New York Times reports.

After lengthy sessions, the legislation gained approval Thursday in the House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means committees, according to the article. The votes were along party lines.

"Today marks the beginning of the end of Obamacare," House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said after the votes, according to The New York Times.

The House Budget Committee is expected to take up the AHCA next week prior to a full House vote slated for later in March, according to the report.

The votes come as House Republicans' ACA replacement proposal has been under fire by some conservative groups. President Donald Trump, who endorsed the AHCA, met Wednesday with some of these conservative opponents, which reportedly include the Heritage Foundation and Americans for Prosperity. The president has also met with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who has expressed caution over the AHCA, according to the report.

Every major hospital entity in the U.S. has expressed opposition to the measure.

 

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