“Obamacare” Repeal Fails in the Senate


Senate activity on health care reform ended today as Senate Republican leadership was unable to advance legislation that would garner 50 votes.  This means that the “Obamacare” repeal effort through the budget reconciliation process that started in the House of Representatives does not advance through the Senate.  This means that should Congress decide to address health care reform, it would have to restart the legislative process through Committee action.

The “Obamacare” repeal legislation that was under consideration had a number of provisions that were supported by ECFC, such as the repeal of provisions in the Affordable Care Act that adversely affected consumer directed health plans and provisions favorable to HSAs. Also of interest in the Senate legislative process was that an amendment by Senator Heller to repeal the Cadillac tax passed by a vote of 52-48. Opposition to the amendment by most Democrats should not be seen as opposition to the repeal of the Cadillac tax, rather it was the result of opposition to the whole Republican legislative effort.

ECFC will continue to advance these issues in as Congress considers other legislation, such as tax reform and will keep you informed on any process made in the legislative arena.

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