Republicans Concede: No Vote on Graham-Cassidy
Senate leaders announced today that they lack the votes to bring their latest Affordable Care Act repeal bill, Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson and will not be bringing the bill to the floor for a vote. Providers who rely on Medicaid funding, and especially the individuals who rely on Medicaid services in their daily lives, can breathe a huge sigh of relief.
Special provisions that allowed elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to be rolled back with a simple majority vote in the Senate expire on September 30, meaning it is unlikely that a nonpartisan repeal of the act is likely to succeed. Ongoing work to improve, repair, or even replace the ACA is likely to require both Republican and Democrat support to succeed.
In a statement, ANCOR President and CEO of Volunteers of America Texas, Angela King, expressed hope that a new path forward can be found for Medicaid reform. "Disability is not Partisan; finding yourself or a family member in need of support is not identified by a political party. Which is why we are thankful the Senate has set aside these harmful measures and we look toward a time when we can have rational and bipartisan discussions about Medicaid that include providers and the individuals they are committed to supporting."