On Thursday, the House voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and implement the Republican health care replacement plan. The bill that passed on Thursday is exactly the same as the American Health Care Act — dubbed "Trumpcare" — which originally failed when House Speaker Paul Ryan had to pull the bill before it could get a vote in March. Despite the addition of two amendments to the original American Health Care Act, the bill is effectively the same terrible health care replacement plan that targeted a number of vulnerable patient populations. Here are four ways the new Trumpcare bill specifically targets mothers, thanks to those new amendments.
The GOP's first attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare failed because both Ryan and President Trump couldn't get the backing of the Freedom Caucus, a group of House members who typically align with the Tea Party movement. That's when New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur added language to the AHCA that would allow individual states to opt out of the "essential benefits" provision with the MacArthur Amendment. The MacArthur Amendment managed to make the AHCA even worse than it was first written, because essential benefits help mothers tremendously by mandating standards of coverage and care. Here's a look at the specifics of how Trumpcare hurts moms as the bill heads to the Senate for a vote.