Rundown on ACA Repeal Efforts
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Republican congressional leadership and the Trump Administration have promised to repeal the ACA. But without a true replacement, repeal will mean big problems for people in Illinois, no matter where you get your health insurance.
Here's what has happened so far:
1. A budget resolution was passed
calling for repeal of the ACA through a process called budget reconciliation. It instructs congressional committees to come up with a plan to find savings. This process cannot repeal the entire law, but address only parts of it that involve the federal budget. Here's
2. The congressional committees
were supposed to come up with a repeal plan by January 26th, an impossible deadline that wasn't reached. The committees involved: Health, Education & Labor and Pensions/Finance in the Senate and Ways & Means and Energy & Commerce in the House.
issued an executive order
on Inauguration Day
the Secretary of Health and Human Services and other federal officials to "waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay" implementation of the law "to the maximum extent permitted by law. The long and short of this is that this executive order is unlikely to do anything to the ACA, other than underscore the president's interest in repeal.
Several health care
bills were introduced by the GOP
, none guaranteeing the type of protections seen under the ACA. Learn more about the
Patient Freedom Act
, and Rand Paul's
. The GOP has no consensus on a plan moving forward, as evidenced through
of GOP discussions.
The Trump Administration
for the last remaining days of open enrollment for the health insurance marketplace even though the advertising was already purchased. This attempt to undermine enrollment to fit with the narrative to support repeal backfired as the press widely covered the cancellation, and advocacy groups and coalitions doubled down on outreach efforts.
Here's the ad
that was taken off the air.