With So Many Obamacare Repeal Options In Play, Confusion Reigns

An illustration of index cards showing the Affordable Care Act, the Affordable Health Care Act, the Better Care Reconciliation Act and the Senate's repeal-only plan

An illustration of index cards showing the Affordable Care Act, the Affordable Health Care Act, the Better Care Reconciliation Act and the Senate's repeal-only plan

On Thursday, the Senate unleashed yet another iteration of its effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and with it came another analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. If your head is spinning, you’ve got plenty of company, us here at Shots included.

Here are the key versions of repeal and/or replace legislation so far this year:

The American Health Care Act, the House bill passed on May 4. The Senate chose to write its own bill rather than amend this House version.

Better Care Reconciliation Act (BRCA), the Senate bill:

  • The original: Introduced June 22. It differs from the House bill in key ways, see the chart below.
  • Revision #1: Introduced July 13. Added a provision called the Cruz amendment, which would allow insurers to offer skimpier plans and is widely disliked by industry and consumers, but appealing to conservatives. The version also added money for opioid treatment, a provision to give Alaska more federal funding and other, smaller changes.
  • Revision #2: Introduced July 20. Cruz amendment is gone, keeps some taxes the original bill repealed, other smaller changes

The Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act, ORRA, a repeal-only bill modeled on the 2015 bill that made it to President Barack Obama’s desk, which he vetoed.

And here’s what’s next: Senate leaders say they want to start debate on a bill next week, but it is not clear which legislation might be destined for the Senate floor.

The two most likely options for consideration right now are the latest BCRA and the ORRA. Both pieces of legislation have met with opposition, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/07/20/538360550/with-so-many-obamacare-repeal-options-in-play-confusion-reigns?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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