Senate rejects repeal with no replacement of Obamacare

In a 45-55 vote on Wednesday, the Senate rejected proposed GOP legislation that would have repealed but not replaced key portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare.
By James Carlin | Jul 30, 2017
In a 45-55 vote on Wednesday, the Senate rejected proposed GOP legislation that would have repealed but not replaced key portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare.

Among those Republicans who voted against the measure were Senators John McCain of Arizona, Susan Collins of Maine, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Dean Heller of Nevada, Rob Portman of Ohio, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, according to The New York Times.

On Tuesday night, a more robust bill that provided a replacement also failed to garner enough support to pass.

A third option for Senate Republicans is to push for a much more limited bill that leaves most of the ACA in place, including Medicaid expansion, but repeals its requirement that most people have health insurance.

But the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association cautioned senators Wednesday that repealing the mandate that most people have health insurance without replacing it with some other way of ensuring people purchase and keep coverage would make insurance more costly for everyone.

"If there is no longer a requirement for everyone to purchase coverage, it is critical that any legislation include strong incentives for people to obtain health insurance and deep in year-round," Blue Cross said, in a statement, as reported by the Times. "A system that allows people to purchase coverage only when they need it drives up costs for everyone. Immediate funding for the cost-sharing reduction program also is essential to helping those individuals most in need with their out-of-pocket costs, so they can access medical services. And dedicated funds must be provided to help pay for the care of those with significant medical conditions."

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