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On the Hill: ACA Repeal Underway

This week, the Senate continues working toward a budget resolution as the first step to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Debate and amendment votes in the Senate are expected though the weekend. The Senate measure then will go to the House for consideration.

A number of amendments are expected. One introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) that would have prohibited cuts to Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid failed on Tuesday. A similar amendment, protecting only Medicare and Medicaid, failed on Monday. Also up for consideration is an amendment introduced by five Republican senators that would push back a Jan. 27 deadline for repeal measures to March 3.

If successful, the resolution will set up a budget reconciliation bill that would repeal much of the ACA.

There are signs of growing concern among some Republicans that repeal of the ACA without a simultaneous replacement would be irresponsible. In the House, the Freedom Caucus wants to see a detailed replacement plan before repeal.

Also in the Senate, Democrats are committed to delaying confirmation of President-elect Trump’s cabinet nominees until they complete ethics reviews, despite GOP efforts to fast-track the process.

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Jocelyn Wiles is the manager of legislative affairs at America's Essential Hospitals.