The AHCA passed the House without being read or scored — and no one knows why. How about the 2018 midterm elections and the Republican campaign?
"Repeal and replace" was (supposedly) always a three-step process, with step one being repeal. But, repeal now and replace later wouldn't fly, so step one had to be something health care, and that's why the bill got stuck. Bad news. As long as the bill was in the House, only House Republicans and the president could be blamed for a lack of progress. Now that the bill is in the Senate, all blame can be shifted to the "obstructionist" Democrats (speculative filibuster threat?). Simply put, the vote was for blame shifting. Period.