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ACA Repeal & Replace Refused

House Republicans Withdraw the AHCA Before A Planned Vote But Efforts to Repeal Continue

On Friday, March 24, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Speaker Paul Ryan pulled from the floor the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the proposed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), once it was clear that the bill was short on votes to pass. Effectively, this means the AHCA will not survive to become law and, at this time, any future efforts to repeal and replace the ACA are uncertain. This may mean, as Speaker Ryan said shortly after the announcement that the bill was withdrawn, “Obamacare is the law of the land. We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.” However, as of March 28, there have been reports that the House Republican leaders and the Trump administration have started renegotiations on legislation to repeal the ACA. At this time, there are no details about what may be in any renewed repeal legislation or the timing of its release or a vote.

No matter what your views on the subject, tensions on both sides of the debate were high, everybody’s fingers were crossed, and some were probably afraid to look.  Whether you won or lost on this issue we are sure the back and forth on the repeal and replacement of Obamacare will continue.  We are working with many sources to keep up-to-date on changes, but for now, it’s business as usual. In the meantime, deep breath in… and out… in… and out…