Republican leaders have taken another step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act.
On Wednesday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) introduced legislation to defund the law and replace it with something less popular.
The legislation would use an alternative funding mechanism known as a “continuing resolution” to allow for the passage of appropriations bills that don’t fully repeal Obamacare.
The House passed the measure, which was supported by more than 80 percent of the chamber’s members, by a vote of 231-189.
The measure, as outlined by The American Conservatives, also would allow lawmakers to vote on other measures, but it wouldn’t get the necessary 60 votes to pass.
A CR-7 version of the legislation is expected to be introduced in the Senate soon.
The CR-8 bill would use a different mechanism known by the acronym H.R.3.
It would also allow for a full repeal of Obamacare.
A House source told Politico that the bill is still being reviewed by GOP leadership, and it may be amended to include provisions that would allow states to opt out of Obamacare’s protections for young adults, people with preexisting conditions, and individuals with pre-existing conditions.
That’s the most significant change, as a CR-3 bill that passed the House in 2016 included protections for people with pre to pre-existing conditions.
But the new bill would also protect people with existing conditions from having to pay more for coverage.
The new CR-9, meanwhile, would allow for states to decide whether to allow insurers to deny coverage based on preexisitve conditions, as long as those insurers don’t charge more than the average rate in their state.
The bill is expected at least one of its major provisions will not be included in the final bill.
Republicans have made repealing Obamacare their top legislative priority since taking control of the House back in January, and the party is expected again to try to move forward with their legislation before the end of the year.
They also are expected to use the continuing resolution to fund the government through September.
If the legislation passes the Senate, the House would need to override a Democratic filibuster and send it to President Donald Trump to sign.