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N4A statement on Senate rejection of Affordable Care Act repeal

The Senate Republican leadership’s latest efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) came to a dramatic conclusion early Friday morning when three Republican senators voted against the “skinny” bill released only hours before. The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), which represents the nation’s 622 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) that develop and deliver local aging programs and services, has lauded Republican senators Susan Collins (ME), Lisa Murkowski (AK) and John McCain (AZ) for opposing the measure.

“This morning’s Senate vote prevents, for now, massive Medicaid cuts and increases in the cost of health care for older adults under age 65,” said n4a CEO Sandy Markwood. The bill, which repealed several primary provisions of the ACA, was not intended to become law as-is, but would have provided enough of a Senate win to take the measure to a conference committee with the House. That would have meant that only a select group of conferees would have been charged with crafting the final bill, with little to no chance for amendments before pushing for a swift final passage.

Full n4a statement>>