Last week, we discussed how Congress introduced a budget resolution that began the process to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Last night, that budget resolution passed the U.S. Senate. Next up is the House of Representatives, who are expected to pass it easily on Friday. Because a budget resolution is not a law, it does not need to be signed by the President.
Most months my insurance company sends me Medicare notices in the mail. I have difficulty keeping up with them, and last week I told my neighbor that I usually ignore everything. She told me I should read each notice carefully and take appropriate action. So what have I been missing?
– Walter (Kettering, OH)
This week, Congressional Republicans introduced a budget resolution laying the groundwork for repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—with no replacement in sight. This process uses a set of rules called “reconciliation.” Through budget reconciliation, the majority party in Congress can advance policies through a simple majority vote. But only provisions that are budget related are permitted to be included.