Health care politics Republicans cried foul over the inclusion of the ACA measures in the package, since there was bipartisan support for the bills aimed at bringing down drug prices. (Photo: Shutterstock)

With Republicans mostly voting no, the Democratic-controlled House passed a group of health care bills that are aimed not only at lowering the cost of prescription medications but also supporting the Affordable Care Act.

The package passed with a vote of 234 to 183, the New York Times reported. Just five Republicans voted with Democrats because it contained measures designed to protect people with pre-existing conditions—something Republicans have said they support, but continue to vote against—by reining in the sale of short-term health plans that aren’t required to sell to people who already have health problems, nor to provide the essential health benefits mandated under the ACA, such as maternity benefits and prescription drug coverage.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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