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As part of the Senate’s flurry of action on proposals to repeal and/or replace the Affordable Care Act, Republicans brought up the same bill to get rid much of the law, without a replacement ready, which had passed through Congress in 2015. This time, it failed, with seven Republicans and all Democrats voting against it.

Republicans in the U.S. Senate voted to open debate on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with 50 senators voting in favor of what’s called a motion to proceed, or MTP, opening the door to the chamber offering numerous amendments to craft some sort of repeal bill. The first option put forward—the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA)—failed to pass as expected.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released reports on two Republican proposals regarding the Affordable Care Act: One which would repeal much of the law while delaying some of those effects for two years and another which replaces it with the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA).

Enrollment in the individual market would increase while premiums would decrease under Sen. Ted Cruz’s, R-Texas, controversial “Consumer Freedom” amendment, according to an HHS analysis obtained by the Washington Examiner.

Senate Republicans' latest Affordable Care Act replacement plan was introduced on July 13. Four days later, it was declared dead, as four Republican senators had publicly announced they wouldn’t support even holding a vote on the legislation.

 

Recent Headlines

Healthcare industry welcomes decision to yank ACA replacement bill

Groups representing physicians, family medicine and hospitals were pleased to see the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican-sponsored replacement to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), tabled before a scheduled House vote on March 24—even though it left plenty of uncertainty for insurance markets.

ACA replacement bill pulled before House vote

In a victory for the major medical organizations opposed to it, a scheduled vote in the House on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was called off as Republican leaders failed to convince enough of their own members to support the plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

CBO: ACA replacement changes save less money, don’t improve coverage

An updated assessment on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said amendments to the Republican-sponsored Affordable Care Act replacement plan wouldn’t improve its losses in insurance coverage and would decrease the amount of savings to the federal budget. 

House vote on ACA replacement postponed

House Republican leaders have chosen to call off a planned vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), their replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as last-minute revisions and negotiations failed to guarantee enough support to pass the bill.

Possible repeal of required health benefits draws ire of public hospitals, ER docs

In last-minute negotiations on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), eliminating the 10 “essential health benefits” requirements put in place by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was floated as an option to win over conservative lawmakers, a development which was quickly opposed by groups representing public hospitals and emergency physicians.

Major players remain opposed to ACA replacement ahead of House vote

The American Medical Association (AMA), the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) have all come out against passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican-sponsored plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which is scheduled for a vote before the full House of Representatives on March 23.

5 changes made in revised ACA replacement plan

Ahead of a planned March 23 vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), House Republican leaders released a new version of the replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with several big changes aimed at bolstering support for the legislation within their own party.

MGMA to CMS: Where are the MIPS eligibility notifications?

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) has asked newly confirmed CMS Administrator Seema Verma to quickly release overdue eligibility information for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), one of two new payment tracks implemented as part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). 

Durbin: No Senate Dems will vote for AHCA, but open to discussion on drug prices

It’s the job of Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, as the Senate minority whip to know where every member of his caucus stands on major pieces of legislation. When it comes to the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican-sponsored plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), he said to HealthExec “no” Democrats in the chamber would support the bill as-is.

5 things to know on deregulation, Medicaid from HHS Secretary's CNN event

HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD, weighed in on a number of healthcare issues during a March 15 CNN town hall-style event, focusing mainly on defending the Republican-sponsored replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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