The GOP-led House passed a partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act by a 217-to-213 vote. But the Senate seems likely to start from scratch and write their own health care bill. We’ll have to wait and see what reconciliation might bring.
The health care bill that Republican leaders pushed quickly through the House on Thursday is expected to undergo major changes in the Senate, where some moderate GOP senators have already come out against the legislation.
The Senate will review the House bill but will write its own version over the next few weeks, said Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
“We want to get it right,” Alexander said Thursday on the Senate floor. “There will be no artificial deadlines.”
If the Senate passes its own bill, the House will either have to approve the Senate version or negotiate a compromise with senators, Alexander said. Any compromise bill would need to be approved by both the House and Senate before being sent to President Trump to sign.