Groundhog Zombie Goes Back to the Future: AHCA Vote Day Health Wonk Review

Yesterday was a bit of a banner day in health care reform circles, with the passage of the AHCA in the House of Representatives. The vote came less than 24 hours after the final amendment was added to the bill, and before the CBO had scored the last three amendments that were added. It’s now with the Senate, where a committee of 13 Republicans┬áis working to draft their own version of the bill.

But yesterday was also when Workers’ Comp Insider published the most recent edition of the Health Wonk Review, and you don’t want to miss it.

Some of my favorites in this edition…

Tim Jost explaining how the $8 billion granted by the Upton Amendment isn’t enough to solve the problems created by the MacArthur Amendment.

Harold Pollack explaining how things will be if the AHCA (specifically the MacArthur Amendment) succeeds in brining back medical underwriting in the individual market for people who experience a gap in coverage.

Joe Paduda explaining why the AHCA isn’t going to be enacted. It did pass yesterday in the House, but I tend to agree with Joe. The Senate is already getting going on their process of creating a whole new bill, so whether they’ll be able to reconcile their differences with the House remains to be seen. But one way or another, it’s not going to be the AHCA.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure to head over to Workers’ Comp Insider for some weekend reading.

About Louise Norris

Louise Norris has been writing about health insurance and healthcare reform since 2006. In addition to the Colorado Health Insurance Insider, she also writes for,, Verywell, Spark by ADP, and Boost by ADP, and Gusto. Follow on twitter and facebook.

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