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Paul Ryan presenting the bill

The American Health Care Act of 2017 was a US Congress bill to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that was introduced on 20 March 2017. Its proponents, the House Republicans, claimed that it was the first part of a three-phase plan to "repeal and replace" ACA, and it would increase the number of ininsured people by 23,000,000 over the next ten years, cut Medicaid for lower income Americans, cut taxes for rich Americans, raise premiums on older and poorer people, block federal funding to Planned Parenthood for one year, and cut the federal budget deficit by 1% ($119,000,000,000). On 4 May 2017, the act was passed by a narrow margin of 217 to 213, sending the bill to the US Senate for deliberation. 13 Republican senators privately drafted a new version of the bill, raising bipartisan concerns about a lack of transparency, and the new bill was named the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.

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