WASHINGTON -- The health care measure designed to replace the Affordable Care Act passed along mostly party line votes on Thursday in the House of Representatives, 217-213, with 20 Republicans voting no and no Democrats voting yes.
Here's how Colorado's representatives voted:
- Ken Buck (R): Yes
- Mike Coffman (R): No
- Diana DeGette (D): No
- Doug Lamborn (R): Yes
- Ed Perlmutter (D): No
- Jared Polis (D): No
- Scott Tipton (R): Yes
An 11th-hour amendment that helped seal missing GOP votes would add $8 billion over five years to fund high-risk pools and go toward patients with pre-existing conditions in states that seek waivers under the Republican legislation. The legislation already included $130 billion in the fund.
The health care bill would eliminate Obamacare taxes on the wealthy, insurers and others, and get rid of the individual mandate imposed by the Affordable Care Act.
Instead of the Obamacare subsidies that are tied to income and premiums, the GOP plan would provide Americans with refundable tax credits based mainly on age to purchase health insurance.
The legislation would also allow insurers to charge higher premiums to those in their 50s and early 60s, compared to younger consumers.
It would also significantly curtail federal support for Medicaid and allow states to require able-bodied adults to work.
After 2020, states that expanded Medicaid would no longer receive enhanced federal funding to cover low-income adults, and those that hadn't expanded would be immediately barred from doing so.
And it would allow states to relax some key Obamacare protections of those with pre-existing conditions, which are among the health reform law's most popular provisions.
States could apply for waivers to allow insurers to offer skimpier policies that don't cover the 10 essential health benefits mandated by Obamacare.
Also, insurers would be able to charge higher premiums to those with medical issues if they let their coverage lapse. States requesting waivers would have to set up programs -- such as high-risk pools -- to protect insurers from high-cost patients.
The GOP bill doesn't touch one another beloved piece of Obamacare -- letting children stay on their parents' insurance plans until the age of 26.