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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

U.S. House Passes Measure to Enable Obamacare Repeal

Jan 13, 2017
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday followed their colleagues in the U.S. Senate by passing a budget measure that sets the stage for repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

The measure passed in a 227-198 vote, with support from all but nine Republicans, and opposition from all Democrats. No Ohioans crossed partisan lines.

Longtime Columbus-area Congressman Pat Tiberi - who chairs the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, will play a key role in the upcoming drama over repealing and replacing controversial Obamacare.

"Today's vote puts the wheels in motion for Republicans to provide immediate relief from the disastrous consequences of Obamacare and implement reforms to lower costs, increase choices and expand access to high-quality care," said Columbus-area GOP Rep. Pat Tiberi, who will help write replacement legislation as chair of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee.

Tiberi's Democratic neighbor in the Columbus-area, Rep. Joyce Beatty, decried the vote as "reckless," releasing a statement that said it would "strip health care coverage from more than 20 million newly-insured Americans, including 664,000 Ohioans."

Will the sky fall under Republicans' plan to repeal and replace Obamacare? It depends on some assumptions, but the number of insured people will likely drop.

"Today, Republicans voted to turn their backs on families, women, seniors, students, people with disabilities and individuals with preexisting conditions. This resolution will put countless Americans just one doctor or emergency visit away from financial catastrophe," said Beatty.

This article was originally published by Cleveland.com on January 13, 2017.