Healthcare Reform Does Not Pass in the Senate
Around 1:45 a.m. on July 28, the Senate voted on an amendment put forward by Senate Republicans known as the “Skinny Repeal” of the Affordable Care Act. That amendment failed by a vote of 49-51.
The Skinny Repeal would have repealed the employer and individual mandates of the ACA. Also, it would have extended a moratorium on a medical device excise tax--an issue important to DTA members. The slimmed down version of repeal and replace legislation was the only version of reform it appeared the Senate would be able to pass to get to a conference with the House of Representatives on their version of reform. However, votes against the measure from Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) denied the ability to move a bill to conference.
For now, this signals the end of the debate to repeal and replace the current health care law. Congress did recess for their August break and will not reconvene until September. However, bipartisan groups of legislators are reportedly continuing the effort to find some middle ground on this issue. DTA will continue to pursue ways to address the medical device excise tax concern in other legislative vehicles.
By Patrick Cooney, The Federal Group, Inc.
Legislative Representative, Dental Trade Alliance