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Senate Takes the First Step to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

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.

With the budget resolution passed, Congress will begin the reconciliation process, starting in select Committees of the U.S. House of Representatives. Through reconciliation, Congress will have the opportunity to repeal key aspects of the ACA.

Initially, Congressional leaders leading efforts to undo the ACA suggested they would quickly repeal and leave replacement for later. But recent controversies around the timing of the replacement have led to some lawmakers to publicly question that strategy. We expect this is dispute will be hammered out during the reconciliation process.

Medicare Rights urges Congress to ensure that any legislation to repeal the ACA is accompanied by a detailed and immediate replacement plan that guarantees equal or improved access to coverage and care for seniors, people with disabilities, and their families.

Repeal of the ACA has major implications for all people with Medicare, and all Americans. Read our latest issue brief, “Paying More for Less: Affordable Care Act Repeal,” to learn more and keep following Medicare Watch for additional updates.

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