How the Republicans got rid of the Affordable Care Act: A look at the story from the beginning
By Alex Seitz-WaldOctober 16, 2017 | 11:38amWith the House of Representatives passing the American Health Care Act on Thursday, Republicans took the first step toward repealing the landmark health care law.
President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have spent the past year arguing over the merits of the legislation.
Democrats had hoped the AHCA would go into effect as early as October 15, but the measure passed the House on Thursday night with just one Republican vote.
That means the House can now begin the repeal process.
Republicans, who control the House and both chambers of the state legislature, have said the AHCC would eliminate insurance coverage for millions of Americans.
The legislation would also repeal protections for those with pre-existing conditions.
House Republicans have also insisted the AHC would allow states to expand Medicaid to millions more Americans.
That would allow them to spend more money on health care, as opposed to states paying for it.
The AHCA also would require Americans to have health insurance or face a penalty.
The AHCA was passed with more than 217 Republican votes in the House.
The bill has a simple majority in the Senate.