Last night, the latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act appeared to collapse when two Republican senators joined the ranks of those unable to vote yes on the bill. There are not enough votes to pass the bill, or even bring it up for debate.
So what comes next? Senator Mitch McConnell has now called for a vote to repeal the ACA without replacing it. According to the Senator, the repeal would not actually take effect for two years. A look at ACA repeal by the independent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in January 2017 found that repeal legislation, by 2026, would:
- lead to 32 million people losing coverage
- double insurance premiums
- leave 75% of Americans without access to the individual market
You can read an article from FiveThirtyEight.com here that looks at whether or not healthcare reform is over for the year. While we try to learn what happens next, please call your Senator and House member to weigh in on their next steps.