Editor’s Note – The next Capitol Hill Healthcare Update will be published after Labor Day when Congress reconvenes following its August recess.
Republicans Contemplate Next Steps Amid ACA Flameout
Congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump face a series of key questions about how or whether to fortify the Affordable Care Act – particularly in the law’s beleaguered individual exchanges – after the Senate last week failed to advance legislation overhauling the healthcare law.
When Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) cast the deciding vote against a slimmed-down bill eliminating parts of the ACA, it marked an extraordinary political flameout for Republicans, who have singularly campaigned against the ACA for the past seven years. Deep ideological divides among congressional Republicans and Trump’s thorough inability to forge consensus between moderate and conservative lawmakers ultimately sank the GOP’s bill – and likely imperils future party-line efforts to make changes to the healthcare law. Continue Reading