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

With Republicans mostly voting no, the Democratic-controlledHouse passed a group of health care bills that are aimed not onlyat lowering the cost of prescription medications but alsosupporting the Affordable Care Act.

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

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Marlene Satter

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