Posted on July 28, 2017
A Senate GOP effort to repeal portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) failed to garner the support needed for passage in a vote that extended into the early morning hours Friday, July 28. The so-called “skinny repeal” bill would have eliminated the individual and employer mandates within the ACA. Three Republicans — Sens. John McCain (R-Arizona), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) — joined all 48 Democratic senators in rejecting the plan by a 49-51 vote.
The skinny repeal bill came on the heels of a successful July 25 Senate GOP vote to move forward with the debate over how to repeal the ACA (see the MHA Newsroom article, Senate Republicans Vote to Move Forward with ACA Repeal Debate). After months of work on the part of the MHA and its members hospitals to educate the public, the media and elected officials about the effects various repeal proposals could have on Michigan patients, hospitals and communities, those in the hospital and healthcare communities kept a close eye on Senate deliberations following the debate decision, as there were concerns that a successful skinny repeal bill vote could pave the way to a conference committee where more far-reaching repeal efforts could have been incorporated.
“Throughout the Affordable Care Act debate this year, Michigan hospitals have repeatedly said that, if Congress is going to repeal the bill, they must couple that effort with a solid and responsible replacement plan that protects the healthcare coverage now available to 24 million Americans, including nearly a million in Michigan alone,” said MHA CEO Brian Peters in response to the Senate’s vote. “We see the positive impact that the Healthy Michigan Plan and the Affordable Care Act have on our patients, families and communities every day, and we simply could not support any of the bills coming out of Congress on this issue — they would have devastated the healthcare coverage and access to care for men, women and children in every county in this state.”
Members are urged to thank Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters for their continued opposition to Senate GOP efforts to repeal the ACA. With the latest attempt to repeal the ACA under reconciliation meeting failure in the Senate, discussion has now turned to whether congressional Republicans will take a more deliberate and bipartisan approach to ACA reforms. Updates on this issue will be posted to the MHA Newsroom, and additional resources are available on the MHA’s ACA Repeal & Replace webpage. Members with questions should contact Laura Appel or Ruthanne Sudderth at the MHA.
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