Capital Thinking: Health Care Legislative Update

Senate Republicans Eye Obamacare Repeal Measures In Reconciliation Bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has scheduled a meeting on Monday, November 30, for Republican senators to discuss repealing parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Senate Republican leaders are hoping to consider the Senate substitute amendment to the House-passed reconciliation bill, H.R. 3762, on December 2; however, the Senate Parliamentarian would first need to approve the changes to the bill to ensure they do not run afoul of the Byrd Rule, which prohibits “extraneous matter” from reconciliation bills. The Senate substitute may modify the House-passed bill and contain provisions that repeal Medicaid expansion, scale back or abolish exchange subsidies, and/or repeal taxes created by the ACA.

This Week’s Hearings:

  • Wednesday, December 2: The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold a hearing titled “Office of National Drug Control Policy: Reauthorization.”
  • Wednesday, December 2: The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs will hold a hearing titled “Consolidating Non-VA Care Programs.”
  • Thursday, December 3: The House Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel will hold a hearing titled “Stakeholder Views on Military Health Care.”