June 30, 2017

Senate Postpones Vote to Repeal and Replace PPACA

On June 27, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) postponed a procedural vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act. This is the Senate health care reform legislation intended to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

The bill is written by the Republican Senate leadership to reduce insurance premiums and increase consumer choice in the health insurance market.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated it would raise the number of uninsured Americans by 22 million by 2026 and reduce the federal deficit by $321 billion.

Sen. McConnell could not secure the 50 votes necessary within the Republican caucus to advance the bill.

Many conservative and moderate Senate Republicans opposed the bill. All Senate Democrats opposed it.

The Senate is expected to reconsider the bill after the Independence Day holiday recess.

Find more information on the Senate bill here.