The Trump Administration had ordered the Justice Department to abolish the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which had been enacted nine years ago under the Obama Administration. The House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to stop the Justice Department from carrying out the ACA termination, with the final tally set at 240 to 186, counting eight Republicans siding with the Democrats in criticizing the Trump Administration’s decision.
The vote on Wednesday was seen as an attempt from the Democratic part to put their Republican counterparts on record as allying with Trump to overturn the ACA. The Trump Administration’s attempt to repeal the ACA is seen as “an unacceptable assault” on Americans’ health care. If the ACA was appealed, the provisions that protected Americans with preexisting conditions, along with those who are able to remain on their parent’s health insurance plans until they turn 26, would be overturned.
The vote that was spurned by Trump’s sudden announcement to repeal the ACA is being seen as symbolic, showing that Republicans are aiding Trump in overturning a key health legislation. According to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, ““Once again, House Republicans have shown that they are full accomplices in President Trump’s campaign to destroy protections for people with preexisting conditions and take away Americans’ health care.”
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