On Monday, July 17, 2017, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the United States Senate would not move forward with the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). BCRA was Senate Republicans’ effort to “repeal and replace” the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Leader McConnell’s announcement comes after several Republicans announced they would not support the legislation. Since Republican’s can’t get enough Republican votes on “repeal and replace” legislation, Senate Republican leaders have signaled they might move towards working on bipartisan health care reform legislation instead.
On July 18, 2017, Leader McConnell announced that at the request of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence the Senate would put forward a motion to proceed to the House-passed bill, H.R. 1628 The American Health Care Act. If Senate Republicans get 51 votes to clear the procedural hurdle for The American Health Care Act, Leader McConnell intends to then add a 2015 partial repeal of President Barack Obama's signature health care law as an initial amendment. The Senate passed this partial repeal bill in 2015, with only two Republicans opposing, President Obama vetoed that bill. Already, three Republican senators have said they would be against this motion to proceed, which would be enough to block these measures.
News and Media
August 3, 2017:
Senators Plan Bipartisan Hearings On Health Care
Dave Anderson, CEO of HealthNow New York, talks with Steve Inskeep about lawmakers' plans to hold bipartisan hearings on health insurance exchanges. NPR's Scott Horsley has details and analysis.
June 6, 2017:
What's next for the American Health Care Act
The Point of Health podcast features Donald Ingalls, Vice President, State and Federal Relations of BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. The episode covers the latest updates on Republican's efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.