Friday, March 24, 2017

PPACA Repeal and Replace, GOP Alternative Pulled From Consideration

March 23 - House announces vote on American Health Care Act is postponed. Republicans held a closed door meeting later in the evening.

March 23 - President Trump asks that the House vote be held on Friday, March 24.

March 24
- Vice President Pence meets with conservative Freedom Caucus members to convince them to join as a Yes vote.

March 24
- H. B. 1628, American Health Care Act, is pulled and no vote takes place. Speaker Ryan said: "Moving from an opposition party to a governing party comes with growing pains, and, well, we're feeling those growing pains today. We came really close today, but we came up short. I spoke to the president just a little while ago and I told him that the best thing I think to do is to pull this bill, and he agreed with that decision. I will not sugar coat this, this is a disappointing day for us. Doing big things is hard."

We will continue to monitor the aftermath of these events. If any new legislation is proposed in 2017, we will be tracking that as well as the regulatory changes we anticipate will still proceed.

Health Care Reform News:


House Republicans pull health care bill
March 24, 2017 – CNN
Excerpt: “House Speaker Paul Ryan sensationally pulled his Obamacare repeal bill from the floor on Friday, a day after President Donald Trump had threatened to walk away from health care reform if he didn't get a vote.”

GOP health-care bill: House Republican leaders abruptly pull their rewrite of the nation’s health-care law
March 24, 2017 – Washington Post
Excerpt: “House Republican leaders abruptly pulled a rewrite of the nation’s health-care system from consideration on Friday, a dramatic acknowledgment that they are so far unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act.”

Ryan pulls GOP health care bill following call from Trump

March 24, 2017 – ABC News
Excerpt: “Republican leadership has decided to pull their Obamacare replacement bill at the last minute at the request of President Donald Trump -- capping a rocky series of weeks since the controversial measure was introduced and an order from the president for legislators to put their cards on the table today.”

Republicans Yank Obamacare Repeal Bill
March 24, 2017 – Politico
Excerpt: “The decision is a staggering defeat for Ryan and President Donald Trump in their first attempt to partner on major legislation and fulfill a seven-year Republican promise to repeal Obamacare. It comes a day after Trump issued an ultimatum to House Republicans to vote for the bill or live with Obamacare."