Local Members of Congress Split on Health Care Vote

By Don Morgan

It was close but the replacement for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was passed by the House of Representatives Thursday afternoon.

Moments after the vote, Republican Congressman Lamar Smith called us to share the news. He says he voted for the bill because it cuts down on cost and gives more choices to the American people. He says the bill wasn’t perfect but Republicans really wanted to get rid of the federal mandates included in Obamacare.

Across the aisle, Democrat Henry Cuellar feels the bill was pushed through too fast and he would have liked to see both parties take more time in constructing a viable health care act. He says the vote to pass the bill was clearly an effort by Republicans to keep a campaign promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Up next, the bill has to be scored by the Congressional Budget Office then it moves on for a vote in the Senate.

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