It’s a complicated and sometimes contentious issue.
But with Democrats and the White House scrambling to find a solution to the health care law’s “repeal and replace” deadline, it’s possible lawmakers could pass legislation before they get to the end of their yearlong summer recess in June.
The Hill’s Josh Dawsey, who has been following the drama, has a breakdown of the potential outcomes.
The House passed its bill Wednesday night, a day after a number of Republican members and the conservative Freedom Caucus said they were not in favor of it.
It passed on a voice vote, with the support of a handful of Republicans and no Democratic members.
The Senate will take up the legislation on Thursday morning.
If the House passes the bill, the Senate will need to take up a resolution to send it to President Donald Trump’s desk.
The White House and congressional Democrats say they are not yet in a position to negotiate on their own legislation because the House has yet to pass its own repeal bill.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Wednesday called the Senate’s legislation “ambitious” and said he expects the Senate to pass a version before June.
But the legislation, he said, does not “go far enough” to provide coverage to millions of people.
The Congressional Budget Office says the bill would result in 22 million fewer Americans having insurance by 2026, while adding more than $1 trillion to the federal deficit.
The CBO estimates that, under the legislation’s provisions, people who are currently insured could see their premiums skyrocket by $2,500, with premiums doubling for people who have a preexisting condition.
The legislation also reduces federal funding for Medicaid by $772 billion.
Democrats, meanwhile, have said that the House bill would lead to millions more Americans losing their insurance and cause an increase in the federal debt.
Democrats are also warning that if Republicans do not pass a repeal bill, they will vote to cut off funding for Obamacare.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that Democrats would not support the House’s bill because of the GOP’s demands to eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, or the tax penalty that helps fund the health insurance marketplaces.
Pelosi said in a statement that the Republicans are demanding that the entire law be repealed and replaced by their own party.
The mandate has a $1,000 tax penalty for people with pre-existing conditions, which she said Republicans have repeatedly demanded.
House Republicans said Tuesday they were going to oppose the Senate bill in a conference committee that will convene on Thursday.
The House will hold a second vote Thursday to vote on the House-passed version, but will not consider the Senate legislation.
If both chambers of Congress pass the Senate version, the House could vote on a final version of the legislation later this week.
But the final version must be reconciled with the Senate-passED version before it can become law.
The fate of the Senate GOP repeal bill is unclear.
But if the House votes to pass the bill and the Senate rejects it, both chambers could potentially be able to move forward on a bill with little change to the House GOP bill.