2017-08-02 15:39:23 UTC

Senate Fails to Repeal Obamacare — What’s Next?

Aug. 2, 2017

AGA urges Congress to develop bi-partisan solutions to address health-care reform.

Despite introducing three separate bills, the Senate has failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). AGA urges Congress to return to regular order and work in a bipartisan manner to stabilize the individual insurance market and make improvements to health-care legislation. We call on Congress to enact legislation that contains essential patient protections and other improvements to ensure affordability, accessibility and quality health care for all Americans. Review our statement on AGA's principles for health-care reform
After the most recent attempt to repeal Obamacare failed, Senate Majority Leader McConnell stated that the Senate was moving on to other business.
In the aftermath of the defeat of repealing the ACA, members from both parties have called for “regular order” whereby the committees of jurisdiction would hold hearings and hear from stakeholders, something that did not occur with this latest effort in the Senate. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chair Lamar Alexander, R-TN, announced that his committee would hold hearings the week of Sept. 4 on “stabilizing and strengthening the individual insurance market for 2018.” Alexander also urged the Trump administration to continue making cost-sharing reduction payments that reimburse insurers for cutting deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses for low-income individuals. The Trump administration has not made a decision on whether to continue the payments and has threatened to let the ACA implode. 
A coalition in the House, led by Reps. Charlie Dent, R-PA, and Tom Reed, R-NJ, are also crafting a proposal to continue funding the cost-sharing payments, repeal the medical device tax and exempt companies with fewer than 500 employees from the employer mandate.

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