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Obamacare Repeal Collapses

The months-long effort by Republicans to pass health legislation collapsed during the early hours of July 28, 2017, after Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) joined two of his Republican colleagues to block a stripped-down Obamacare repeal bill...
August 1, 2017

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The months-long effort by Republicans to pass health legislation collapsed during the early hours of July 28, 2017, after Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) joined two of his Republican colleagues to block a stripped-down Obamacare repeal bill.

The decision by McCain to vote no came after his dramatic return from cancer treatment. Earlier in the week, McCain gave an impassioned speech in the Senate calling for bipartisanship prior to his voting favor of starting debate, making it clear he was prepared to vote against the legislation if it didn’t satisfy his concerns.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said the defeated bill would have increased the number of people who are uninsured by 15 million next year compared to the current law. Premiums for people buying insurance on their own would have increased roughly 20 percent, found the CBO. The bill also made it much easier for states to waive federal requirements that health insurance plans provide consumers with a minimum set of benefits, like maternity care and prescription drugs. It also eliminated ACA funds for a wide range of prevention and public health programs.

PIA remains engaged in this process to ensure the role of the agent, and the employer-sponsored health coverage used by the vast majority of people, is protected in whatever moves forward.

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