ACA Repeal Timeline Process

August 22, 2017 in News

ACA Repeal Timeline Process

There has been a lot of information in the news lately about the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as the ACA. The Affordable Care Act was a health insurance structure introduced during the Obama administration, earning it the moniker Obamacare. Republicans in the House and Senate have long opposed the ACA, saying it is one step too close to a socialized health care system and that people should not be financially penalized for not having health insurance.

Opponents of the ACA fought to repeal the act this year. Various attempts have been made to repeal the ACA. However, only bits and pieces have been passed through the House and the Senate as supporters of the repeal struggle to create a health insurance bill that meets the needs of the American public. Individuals in the government who want to keep the ACA intact and improve upon its weaknesses moving forward have been able to fight off a wholesale repeal of the ACA so far.

The ACHA repeal

The ACHA was a repeal bill that passed through the House in May. The ACHA is low in public approval and hasn’t managed to garner much support from the companies involved in the health care industry. The ACHA and other repeal attempts seek to eliminate federally funded health insurance programs for disabled and low-income individuals and families, including Medicaid and certain other subsidies offered by Obamacare. The lack of support means that any repeal legislation will likely be dramatically changed before it is passed due to the need for a bi-partisan effort. The effort to remodel this legislation is needed so that it stands a chance of passing through the houses of our government.

The timeline for the repeal bill is constantly changing as votes are taken, and amendments are made. On May 4th, 2017, the ACHA repeal bill passed through the Republican majority House, after the vote was canceled in March. The bill passed with only four votes favoring it after extensive rewrites to make it acceptable to necessary parties in the House.

The Repeal Process

After the House, the bill moves to the Senate, where it will likely face more rewrites and changes, making it acceptable to the voting members of that governmental body.

So far, the Trump administration and those in support of the ACA repeal haven’t been able to establish a new plan for the country’s health care system moving forward. Without viable alternatives, members of the government and the American public are hesitant to take away a system that, although imperfect, has resulted in millions of Americans being able to choose from more health care plans than they had available before Obamacare.

If the repeal bills are passed through the House and Senate, the health insurance industry in the United States faces an uncertain future. Millions of Americans who are insured now may not be able to make their insurance premium payments after the ACA is pulled back, leaving them without a way to pay for their medical costs and causing even more strain on an overloaded system.

Although the Senate also has a Republican majority, not all conservative members of the government wholeheartedly back the ACHA repeal bill. Senate members will be able to raise questions about the dubious nature of the repeal budget, which thus far has not been clarified by the supporters of the repeal. If a budget isn’t named for a replacement to Obamacare, the repeal legislation will likely see many changes if it is even passed at all.

After budget deliberations, the Senate will craft their own version of the ACHA bill and present it for a vote. During this time, smaller Senate committees will be researching and creating different parts of the bill based on their own expertise. Alternate health care proposals will also be considered during this time.

What happens next?

If a bill is crafted and approved by the Senate, the process of repealing the ACA then moves into a conference process. This conference process seeks to align the differences in the bills that have been made by the House and the Senate. By finding common ground in the bills, the governmental bodies can then work through and vote on the differences that need to be resolved before one bill is passed on. If the House and the Senate can agree on legislation, the bill will be passed.

After the conference phase, the bill will be voted on by the House and the Senate. A majority is required in both chambers for the President to sign the new bill into law.

For more information or questions regarding the ACA repeal and how it can affect you call 1-844-699-6873.