Republicans in the House voted on Wednesday to repeal the Affordable Care Act that was passed last year. The vote was 245 to 189.
The repeal requires the Senate’s approval and then the president’s signature to pass.
The health care law, which was passed in March, mandates health insurance and expands coverage to the previously uninsured. It has reformed and added extended insurance coverage to groups such as young adults who can now stay on their parents’ health insurance until age 26. The act also will make health insurance available to people who have been denied insurance by private companies because of pre-existing conditions.
The estimated cost of the act is $940 billion, to be spent over 10 years. It will be paid for by several taxes, including a tax on high-cost insurance policies.
A poll conducted in January by The Associated Press and GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications found that 40 percent of the 1,001 people surveyed support the law and 41 percent oppose it. Twenty-six percent said they would repeal the law completely and 43 percent want Congress to change the law to do more to reform the health care system.
Do you think the law should be repealed? If not, what would you want to see added or removed from the law?