DACA’s end could have an impact, especially among medical students and home health aides.
The political debate highlights the role of this crew of wonk-ish administrators who sometimes preside over underfunded, understaffed offices and whose range of duties usually spans well beyond health care and its myriad complexities.
Health insurance premiums for silver plans would soar by an average of 20 percent next year and the federal deficit would rise by $194 billion over the next decade.
Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) cast the two other Republican “no” votes in a cliffhanger drama that ended just before 2:00 a.m. Friday.
The procedural vote Tuesday afternoon narrowly pushed through, 51-50, with the help of Vice President Mike Pence.
The Senate Parliamentarian advised major parts of the proposed healthcare bill cannot be passed with a simple majority, but instead require a super majority of 60 votes.
The failure, at least for now, breaks one of the key promises Republicans have made to their voters since 2010, when the ACA first became law.
This past February, the President announced that the delivery of healthcare to America’s 300 million residents embraced more complexity than he previously realized.
A last-minute attempt by conservative Republicans to dump standards for health benefits in plans sold to individuals would probably lower the average consumer’s upfront insurance costs, such as premiums and deductibles, said experts on both sides of the debate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
House Republicans unveiled their much anticipated health law replacement plan Monday, slashing the law’s Medicaid expansion and scrapping the requirement that individuals purchase coverage or pay a fine.