Support for Better Care Reconciliation Act Falls Short; Future of Repeal-only Proposal Uncertain
On Tuesday, July 17, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suspended Senate consideration of its Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). His action comes on the heels of Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) announcing, in separate statements, that they would not support BCRA, joining Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) in opposing BCRA.
Instead, Majority Leader McConnell plans to hold an ACA repeal-only vote in the coming days that would include a two-year transition period for Congress to pass its replacement. It is uncertain if there are 51 votes in the Senate to pass repeal-only legislation. Easterseals supported the ACA for its protections and improvement to care for individuals with disabilities. Easterseals will continue to fight against the ACA repeal and other legislation that cuts Medicaid services for people with disabilities.