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Senate Republicans Win on Motion to Proceed to Health Reform Debate, First Vote to Repeal ACA Fails

Wednesday, July 26, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kelly Shaw
A Senate Republican bill, BRCA, that largely repeals and replaces the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with coverage provisions that would save billions of dollars but swell the ranks of the uninsured was voted down decisively last night, 43 to 57.

On Tuesday, July 25th, Senate Republican leaders began a floor debate on repealing the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).  Senators were divided equally on a motion to begin debate on the Better Care Reauthorization Act (BCRA) and Vice President Mike Pence was forced to cast the deciding vote in his role as President of the Senate, giving Republicans a victory on the motion.  

The Senate immediately began consideration of the BCRA.  It is clear, given statements from Republican Senators, that the underlying bill does not have the votes in the Senate to proceed as written, but numerous votes on amendments to the legislation are likely.  

Next the Senate will debate the underlying bill for 20 hours (Tuesday and Wednesday).  Republicans and Democrats will likely offer many amendments for consideration.  At the end the Republicans will likely vote on a “skinny” version of health reform that repeals the individual mandate and little else.  Then they will vote to conference with the House to resolve differences in the bill.  So the Senate Republicans can likely get a slimmed down version of health reform out of the Senate, but repeal of the Affordable Care Act still remains in question.

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