Senate Fails to Pass ACA Repeal Bill

Last week, the U.S. Senate failed to pass the Health Care Freedom Act, a bill which sought to repeal several requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While the future of the ACA repeal effort is unclear at this time, pending further developments, all existing ACA requirements remain in effect, including penalties for noncompliance.

ACA Partial Repeal Failed

The second of three major proposals to amend the ACA failed today in a 45-55 vote. The last proposal, the “Skinny Repeal” will be voted on next. This proposal would remove key aspects of the ACA such as repealing the individual mandate.

Revised ACA Repeal Bill Released

The fate of the newly revised ACA Repeal Bill, released Thursday, hangs in the air as senators review the changes. One of the most notable revisions would allow carriers to offer policies that do no meet the “essential health benefits” currently required by ACA. The Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the revised bill will be released early next week, followed by debate, amendments, and a final vote. For more in-depth information, please see New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.

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