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LCA Statement on Senate Health Care Bill Vote

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - Today, in a procedural move, the United States Senate voted on the Motion to Proceed to H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to debate and offer amendments on the bill that was passed in the House in May. The Senate voted 50-50 with Vice President Pence breaking the tie to pass the motion 51 – 50.

Currently, no one knows which bill version will move forward in the Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but Republicans plan to offer several different measures which may include:

  • A straight repeal of ACA with a two-year delay to develop a replacement
  • A Senate repeal-and-replace bill of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA)
  • A "skinny" repeal of the ACA that would end the individual and employer mandates as well as a tax on medical devices

These options would still put people with pre-existing conditions in jeopardy with weakened protections and remove health coverage from an estimated 20-32 million people. While this was just a vote to move forward on legislation to repeal the ACA, we could see a final vote next week or after the 20 hours of debate and amendments.

LCA will continue to monitor how this process evolves and work with Congress to ensure that any action to reform our health care system takes into account the needs of our lung cancer community.