On March 24, 2017, House Speaker Paul Ryan cancelled a scheduled vote on the American Health Care Act ("AHCA"), a proposal to partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, because it lacked enough support to pass. So, where does this leave the effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act? That's such a good question; if you know, please let me know ASAP.
Immediately after pulling the AHCA from a vote, Speaker Ryan said that the Affordable Care Act would remain in effect for the foreseeable future and that Republicans would move on the rest of their agenda. President Trump seemingly agreed, saying that he would begin work on overhauling the tax code. Both Ryan and Trump seemingly changed their minds, however, and began speaking with representatives who opposed the AHCA several days later. Rand Paul called those conversations "helpful," but apparently only kind of sort of helpful since, at this point, nothing has come of it. If a modified version of the AHCA (or a new bill to repeal and replace the ACA) is going to be introduced, it must happen soon - the AHCA was introduced as part of the 2017 budget resolution, and the current deadline to pass the 2017 budget resolution is April 28, 2017 (i.e., the day the 2016 budget resolution expires). Tick tock.
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