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Health care reform update from n4a: Opposition to bill, straight repeal may doom Senate effort 

When Republican senators Jerry Moran of Kansas and Mike Lee of Utah unexpectedly withdrew support for the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) Monday night, there were no longer enough votes to advance BCRA on the Senate floor. The next morning, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced his intention to pass a straightforward repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with the replacement plan to be determined later. Within a few hours, three Republican senators announced their opposition to this plan. According to the National Association of Area Agencies on aging (n4a), this opposition has effectively doomed Congress’s ACA repeal efforts, at least for now. However, Sen. McConnell has indicated he still intends to bring up the repeal-without-replace measure on the Senate floor next week.

CEO of n4a Sandy Markwood issued a statement thanking the aging network and others for their “tremendous advocacy work … preventing massive Medicaid cuts and increases in the cost of health care for older adults under age 65. In this tumultuous policymaking environment, it’s difficult to predict if anything major will change before next week’s vote, so we must continue to remain vigilant.”

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