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What’s next for the American Health Care Act?

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Health Care Reform

On March 13th, the Congressional Budget Office released an assessment of the impact of the American Health Care Act.

THIS WEEK
This week, the House Republican health reform proposal moves to the House Budget Committee, where it will be heard and marked up on Thursday. Here, the two individual bills passed by the House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees last week will be combined into one piece of legislation.  The Budget Committee is chaired by Rep. Diane Black (R-TN.),

If the bill passes the Budget Committee, it will move to the Rules Committee, where Budget Chair Black will offer amendments to facilitate the bill’s passage through the full House.

PLANS FOR WEEK OF MARCH 20 AND BEYOND
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) has previously said he hopes to schedule the full floor vote for the week of March 20. If the bill passes the House, it will head to the Senate.  If the bill meets the rules to use the budget reconciliation process, it could be fast-tracked through the Senate and will need only 50 votes to pass.

Prior to the release of the CBO analysis, there was speculation that the bill might not garner sufficient votes to pass since the legislation drew complaints from conservative and moderate republicans, democrats, advocacy organizations, and think tanks who either expressed concern that the bill did not go far enough to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and/or noted concern about how many Americans could lose insurance coverage. We’ll have to see whether the timelines change as people digest the CBO analysis.