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House GOP Passes Health Care Bill, Democrats Warn of Death

The Republican-backed repeal of ObamaCare, known as the American Healthcare Act, or AHCA, passed the House or Representatives yesterday by a vote of 217-213, with 20 Republicans joining all 193 Democrats in opposing the measure. As a result, the bill now heads to the Senate where it could die a legislative death, or be changed substantially form the current version.

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Democrats wasted no time in voice opposition to the bill, going so far as to claim that the passage of the AHCA would literally result in the deaths of thousands of Americans. Here is a sampling of the reaction:

Yes, that’s right, the AHCA will literally kill people, according to Democrats and liberal media outlets. It’s as if the tables have been reversed and the alternate reality change is now complete.

Flashback to 2009 and a certain “rogue” Governor from Alaska who once wrote the phrase “death panels” on her facebook page. The argument over ObamaCare was never the same after that in 2010:

Yes, folks, the hyperbole runs strong on all sides when it comes to the topic of health care. The bottom line comes down to the simple axiom that “our health care bill” is good, and “their health care bill” will kill you. In other words, whichever side of the aisle you’re on, be afraid, be very afraid.

If you want to learn what the actual provisions are inside the AHCA and how they might affect you, here’s a strong sampling of stories from various media outlets on what’s actually in the bill:

CNN: What’s inside the Republican health care bill?

The Atlantic: What’s in the Health-Care Bill the House Just Passed?

Fox News: Republican health care bill: What’s in it?

NPR: Here Is What’s In The House-Approved Health Care Bill

All of this might be short lived if the Senate has anything to say about it. According to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the bill won’t make it through without major changes:

The person who must lead the talks and finally shape a compromise is Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky. This week he hinted to reporters how difficult the task could be.

“When they send it over here it will be a real big challenge on the Senate side as well,” he said.

Because the margins are so narrow, McConnell can’t afford any defections so every GOP senator could have enormous sway. At the same time, for Republicans to meet their long-sought goal of repealing Obamacare, they must find ways to not be rigid in their demands.

But even if they pass something, there is no assurance the House would accept a dramatically altered bill so the repeal effort could fail then.

Any changes made by the Senate have to go back to the House for approval, so you can see the possible “death spiral,” to borrow a phrase, this bill might get stuck in.

Nate Ashworth: Nate Ashworth is the Founder and Senior Editor of Election Central. He's been blogging elections and politics for almost a decade. He started covering the 2008 Presidential Election which turned into a full-time political blog in 2012 and 2016.