Federal Relations

July 27, 2017

Straight Repeal Fails, More Votes Expected During a Long Day

After defeating a repeal-and-replace measure during the first day of debate, the Senate turned down yesterday a straight repeal of the Affordable Care Act by a vote of 45- 54. A myriad of alternatives and amendments are expected to be voted on as the Senate continues its consideration, including a “skinny” repeal, the details of which are not yet final but will most likely include at least the elimination of the individual and employer mandates as well as the tax on medical devices.

The current goal of the Senate leadership appears to be to get even a small legislative package passed by the chamber so that it can go to conference with the House to attempt to craft a new bill.  Some believe that the “skinny” repeal bill could serve as that vehicle.  Whether that is the case remains to be seen.

The debate and votes are expected to last long into the evening.