This week the U.S. Senate made multiple attempts to repeal and/or replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but each of those efforts failed. Early this morning, July 28, the U.S. Senate took up its last ditch effort—the so-called “skinny” bill which would have repealed only a very few provisions of the ACA. It was thought passage of the skinny bill by the Senate would then set up a joint Senate-House conference committee to hash out differences between the two chambers. However, 51 Senators rejected that approach on a 49-51 vote. The three Republicans voting against the skinny bill were Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R- AK) and John McCain (R-AZ). Earlier this week the Senate also failed to pass the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which would have repealed and replaced parts of the ACA, and the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act, which would have repealed parts of the ACA without replacement. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has now pulled repeal legislation from consideration after today’s final failed vote.
As these developments continue to unfold, the Wisconsin Hospital Association will aggressively engage with our state and federal legislators to maintain insurance market stability and to discuss what the federal rejection of ACA repeal means for Wisconsin. Watch the Valued Voice for updates on this issue.