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Washington Healthcare Updates

Posted on Friday, June 9, 2017 6:06 PM

Washington has been quite busy this week. With all the events surrounding the Russia investigation and the Comey testimony, Washington has been on fire yet again.

However, there has been some movement with the American Health Care Act (AHCA) bill. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell recently announced that he wants to hold a vote on the bill before the July 4th holiday. This may seem like a herculean feat, given how far apart the House and the Senate have been. Senator McConnell is working through a special majority process, called reconciliation, to take the bill right to the Senate floor, a move which is being seen as risky by some and insane by others. However, while this procedure would circumvent the normal legislative process of mark-ups and hearings, it needs to comply with the Byrd Rule, which is a six-part test that the parliamentarian oversees to advise whether legislative provisions meet the necessary requirements. There seems to be some controversy here too with language in the current bill.

Senate Leadership hopes to have an outline of the AHCA to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) this week for scoring. The bill cannot be introduced to the Senate until it has been scored by the CBO. In the meantime, McConnell and others continue to make deals and lobby core Republicans for support of this bill. It all makes for great theatre drawing up to the July 4th holiday.

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Written by Mary Morrisey Gabriel, Corridor’s VP of Marketing and Innovation.

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