via Lockton Benefits Group
This week, Congressional Republicans cleared important procedural hurdles on the path to repealing several components of the Affordable Care Act, including the individual and employer mandate penalties. GOP infighting, however, continued to prevent any consensus on the timing of replacement legislation.
Clearing the Way for Budget Reconciliation, the Gateway to Repeal
Both the House and Senate passed a non-binding budget resolution that paves the way for the Senate to pass an ACA repeal bill through the filibuster-proof reconciliation process.
Lockton comment: The budget resolution doesn’t contain actual repeal language. Instead, it directs specific committees in Congress to prepare language reconciling the resolution’s budget objectives with current law. The language these committees will prepare, to implement that reconciliation, will provide for the repeal of the ACA, at least in part. The committees are asked to prepare that language by Jan. 27.