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Republican Health Bill Clears Hurdle as House Panels Approve

  • Second House committee votes to pass American Health Care Act
  • Barton to keep working to end Medicaid expansion faster
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Trump, Ryan Play Good Cop, Bad Cop on Health Care

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The second of two key congressional committees cleared a Republican health care bill, moving the legislation to repeal and change many key parts of Obamacare a step closer to a full vote in the House of Representatives.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee, after a 27-hour session that saw tempers flare as Democrats tried to delay the legislation, approved the bill by a 31-23 vote with only minor changes. The vote came after the Ways and Means Committee wrapped up 18 hours of debate on its piece of the proposal, which it passed without any changes. The two measures will be combined and sent to the Budget Committee before heading to the floor.