Local health care experts weigh in on Affordable Care Act debate

Marsha Scott
July 29, 2017

"We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of aisle, heed the recommendations of nation's governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people". The tiebreaking vote was necessary from Vice President Mike Pence, as president of the Senate.

By the narrowest of margins, the Senate's latest vote for a stripped down ACA repeal bill, which was dubbed a "skinny" repeal, was shot down.

In response to the recent blitz of votes of US Senate Republicans regarding their efforts to endanger healthcare for almost 33 million individuals, Sen. They are Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of ME and, providing the decisive vote, Sen.

"We are grateful for the efforts to include protections for the unborn, however, any final bill must include full Hyde Amendment provisions and add much-needed conscience protections".

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More people gained credible health care (either through government-subsidized private insurance or Medicaid) through the Affordable Care Act than any other legislation since the passage of Medicare. Her counterpart in the Senate, Chuck Schumer of NY, said after the votes that Democrats who resisted the GOP legislation "are not celebrating".

Dealing a serious blow to President Donald Trump's agenda, the Senate early Friday rejected a measure to repeal parts of former President Barack Obama's health care law after a night of high suspense in the U.S. Capitol.

Progressives hope Saturday's "Our Lives on the Line" protests - initially set for the first day of lawmakers' summer recess, though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delayed the start of that recess - will demonstrate the strength of their opposition at a key moment, with the Senate potentially still working on its bill.

Just prior to the procedural vote, Republican Sen. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal.

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