It took a 27-hour hearing, but the Republican push to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act (ACA) kept moving forward Thursday.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to send the repeal bill to the House floor despite what news reports described as Democratic efforts to slow the process of undoing the law colloquially known as Obamacare. The action followed a similar decision by the Committee on Ways and Means.
If the bill is eventually repealed, USC Associate Professor of Political Science and expert in U.S. politics, John "Jeb" Barnes, does not believe USC students will be seriously affected.
"Presumably most USC students are covered by their parents or the health insurance plan through the school. The broader effect though is that the price of health coverage will increase," Barnes said.
The ACA was enacted in 2010 and according to a New York Times analysis it "brought historic increases in coverage for low-wage workers" during its first full year.