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Senate Health Care Update

On Tuesday, July 25th, the Senate passed a motion to begin the process of repealing and replacing the “Affordable Care Act” (ACA). APA and APAPO maintained their strong opposition to this effort, highlighted by their recent joint letter, found HERE. So far, the Senate has voted against a repeal and replace bill and a repeal only bill. While this is a promising development the Senate process is ongoing and could last through Friday.

What seems most likely is that the Senate will try to pass a “skinny” version of ACA repeal. This bill would include just a few provisions such as repealing the mandates that require individuals to have and businesses to provide health insurance, or pay a tax penalty.

This is not a benign compromise, despite being a “skinny” bill. The Congressional Budget Office projects that removing the ACA’s insurance mandates would cause an additional 15 million people to become uninsured, driving up premiums for older and sicker individuals.

We thank you for your time and effort contacting the Senate on health reform over the past few months, but the situation is still fluid. We need your continued advocacy to put pressure on the Senate. Please, click here, to tell your Senators to vote “No” on any bill that reduces coverage.


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