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GOP in tough spot with health bill

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Timothy Jost writes in Health Affairs:

“The fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) now rests with the Senate. The House passed its version of repeal and replace, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), on May 4 by a narrow 217–213 margin, with 20 Republicans and all 193 Democrats voting no. The margin of error for Republicans in the Senate is much narrower. Under the reconciliation procedures being used to consider health reform, they need the support of only 50 senators (plus Vice President Mike Pence’s tiebreaking vote) rather than the 60 votes normally required to break a filibuster. But coming up with a proposal that will garner 50 votes will not be easy.”

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