Politico got it mostly right last week, when it released a discussion draft of the Republicans’ effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act health care reform law. On March 6, the House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Committees released two as yet unnumbered reconciliation bills that repeal large chunks of the ACA and amend other parts.
House committee mark-up of what’s being called the American Health Care Act is expected this week and next.
However, it’s a wildcard whether a bill based on the House measure would survive a Senate vote. Several conservative Senate Republicans who say the bill doesn’t go far enough have indicated they won’t support it. Several moderate Senate Republicans who say the bill goes too far have indicated they won’t support it. It’s safe to say few if any Senate Democrats will back it.
Here are highlights of the House bills. Again, we’re only going to review the portions of the bill...(register to read more)