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Where is Health Care Reform Headed?


Does anyone know?

By Marcus Wilbers   July 26, 2017

"Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads."
- Back to the Future (1985)

Yesterday, the Mitch McConnell-led Senate voted to open debate on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the House of Representatives' bill which repeals and replaces the Affordable Care Act (ACA). During the ensuing 20 hour debate, Senators will consider and vote on many amendments to the AHCA that will repeal or modify part or all of the ACA. There's no roadmap for this process, and no identified final destination. But apparently where the Senate is going, they don't need roads.

The Senate has already held one vote on one version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), which included amendments from Senator Cruz and Senator Portman. It was rejected 57-43. The Senate is anticipated to vote on several other amendments in the coming days. It's impossible to predict what will happen during the debate process or the "vote-a-rama" that follows it, during which Senators can propose and vote on possibly hundreds of amendments.

There should be some clarity on the ACA's likelihood of survival in the coming days. Until then, the situation is incredibly fluid and it's anyone's guess what will come out of the Senate.


About The Author
Marcus Wilbers is a Compliance Attorney with expertise in labor and employment law, including federal and state wage and hour laws, discrimination laws, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Affordable Care Act. Prior to joining J.W. Terrill, he worked as a litigator for a large St. Louis-based law firm defending clients from labor and employment, medical malpractice and commercial lawsuits. He obtained his law degree from the University of Missouri and his undergraduate degree from Westminster College.

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