Healthcare Saga Continues in the Senate
With healthcare dominating the policy landscape in Washington for the past several months, the Children’s Cause has been working with allied coalitions and grassroots advocates around the country to express the needs and priorities of children with complex medical conditions like pediatric cancer.
Senate Status: On Tuesday afternoon, the Senate voted favorably on a motion-to-proceed, opening up 20 hours of debate on healthcare and paving the way for a series of votes on different pieces of legislation. The first bill, a version of repeal-and-replace, was defeated on Tuesdaynight. A second repeal-only bill failed on Wednesday afternoon.
Following the allotted 20 hours of debate will be something known as “vote-a-rama” where dozens of amendments are expected to be introduced and voted on. Finally, we expect to see a stripped-down “skinny repeal” bill designed to appease enough Senate Republicans to pass the chamber and trigger compromise negotiations with House Republicans. A vote on that bill could go either way, depending on its specifics.
House-Passed Bill: The American Health Care Act, as passed by the House of Representatives in May, would roll back the pre-existing condition protections that families have come to rely on since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. This bill would bring the return of costly, limited high-risk pools and lifetime caps on coverage. The legislation also includes significant cuts to Medicaid, which insures approximately one-third of children with cancer in this country.
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