The Affordable Care Act last week survived yet another near-death experience – but the story isn’t over.
What’s next, though, is not yet clear. Here are a few possibilities, with the caveat that so much is in flux anything can happen: Continue reading
Reconciliation. Vote-a-rama. Budget points of order. What’s going on in the Senate?
The short version is that the Senate is going to spend at least the next few days (and nights) debating bills that would repeal and/or replace the Affordable Care Act.
It will vote on many amendments, from both Republicans and Democrats – some during a lengthy “vote-a-rama” offered by both Republicans and Democrats. And the whole process will be governed by budget reconciliation rules with the Senate Parliamentarian as the referee. Continue reading
Confused about which bill the Senate is going to take up to begin its ACA repeal debate?
So is the Senate.
Remember the grief Nancy Pelosi took for saying, “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it” during the Affordable Care Act debate? Continue reading
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of insurer rate filings and news reports
Amy Goldstein of The Washington Post has a great look at a “bare county” in rural Nevada – a county that has benefited from the Affordable Care Act but now has no insurer willing to offer coverage there next year, no matter what ultimately happens to repeal in Congress.
She visited Lyon County, which includes “a stretch of highway that Life magazine once called the loneliest road in America.” Continue reading
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the Senate’s revised Better Care Reconciliation Act on Thursday. The major change was incorporating demands from Sen. Ted Cruz to allow insurers to offer less expensive plans that have less robust coverage. It also would allow people to pay premiums using money in health savings accounts. And it allocates $45 billion to opioid addiction treatment.
Meanwhile, Sen. Lindsay Graham and Sen. Bill Cassidy were on CNN talking about their alternative to the plan, which would keep many of the federal taxes and send that money to the states to spend as they see fit. The plan would keep in place the essential benefits of the ACA and would continue to protect people with pre-existing conditions from being denied coverage. Continue reading