With the support of most Republicans and no Democrats, the House of Representatives voted earlier today to repeal Obamacare and replace it with what will likely come to be called Trumpcare. Local congressman, David McKinley, along with the state's other representatives, are among the 217 who voted in favor of the legislation. (The New York Times' unofficial tally shows that 20 Republicans joined all 193 Democrats to vote against the legislation.)
McKinley defended the legislation to a reporter from the Huffington Post earlier today:
Republicans are also voting on this latest legislation without a CBO [Congressional Budget Office] score, a fact Republicans either shrugged off or denied, claiming that an earlier score was sufficient.
“We already had the Congressional Budget score when we did the main bill,” Rep. David McKinley (R-W.V.) told reporters Thursday morning. “These are amendments that only perfected, do not add costs.”
McKinley added that the CBO score could “only get better” with the latest amendments, but when pressed how he knew that, McKinley ignored the question.
The amendments that McKinley believes will improve the legislation were critical to getting the bill over the finish line. The first amendment, which brought roughly 20 Freedom Caucus members who were voting no to yes, would allow states to opt out of the Obamacare provisions ensuring that people with pre-existing conditions are charged the same amount as healthy people, as well as the provisions mandating that insurers cover 10 Essential Health Benefits ― things like lab services, maternity care, and emergency room visits.
Okay, Congressman, you now own this legislation. By the way, when are you going to hold a local town hall -- I have a number of questions for you and I'm sure I'm not the only one.
Evening update for additional coverage
Metro News includes additional McKinley comments in this article:
U.S. House passes Obamacare replacement; McKinley calls loss-of-coverage fears ‘unfounded’
The Charleston Gazette-Mail covers all three West Virginia congressmen:
WV Reps. Mooney, Jenkins, McKinley vote yes on AHCA