House Passes GOP Health Care Bill

Filed in Advocacy by on May 4, 2017 3 Comments

The House today approved legislation designed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also commonly known as Obamacare.

The Republican measure to revamp the nation’s health care system received no Democratic support and was narrowly approved by a vote of 217 to 213. The Senate is expected to make considerable changes to the House bill.

NAHB commended the House for passing H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017. In an official statement, NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald said:

“Our members are dominated by small businesses and more and more of their bottom line is being eaten up by rising health insurance premiums. This legislation marks the first step in returning affordability to the health care system.

“We are hopeful that the Trump administration will take additional steps to curb costs, while the Congress pursues important legislation to allow small businesses to join together in insurance pools across state lines. Together, these actions will bring-much needed reforms to the health care system.”

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  1. Jeff Grantham says:

    I respectfully disagree with the Chairman or the NAHB position on “commending the House on passing HR 1628.” I have enough uncertainty in my small business with a skilled labor shortage, increased materials costs and increasing regulations. Having spent hundreds of hours navigating the ACA for compliance and tax returns, I’m not pleased to think I need another dozen hours to learn nuances of another law passed in haste without full consideration by the CBO.
    The ACA is providing insurance coverage for my family and my workers and their families, my subs and their families, where, except for my family, I know they never had insurance or the access to preventative and family care it affords.
    Let’s hope it wasn’t passed just because it had the moniker “ObamaCare” and the disdain Republicans have for the same President that oversaw our industry rising from the ashes to levels not seen since 2007.

  2. Andy Hempel says:

    I also disagree with the Chairman or the NAHB position on “commending the House on passing HR 1628”. I find it disheartening that the organization that represents my industry marches in lockstep with the republican party on this issue. I agree with everything Jeff said regarding how the ACA has helped provide coverage for our workers and their families. After the last Republican administration left town my business was on the verge of bankruptcy after their attempt at making America great. I would hope the NAHB would look objectively at issues in the future.

  3. John says:

    Whatever bill finally emerges will be sold to the public on the basis that Obamacare is dead and whatever we get is better than nothing. The ultimate in hypocrisy from those who refused to work with Democrats to evolve Obamacare and then gave it a stiletto in the gut by removing the mandate and other funding so it would die an agonizing death.

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