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Stephanie Pellitt

Policy and Advocacy Associate

Members of Congress Disagree on ACA Repeal During Republican Retreat

February 2, 2017 | ACA | Comments
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President Trump and Congressional majority members met in Philadelphia last week during the Republican retreat to discuss plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A leaked audio recording of the meeting reveals that GOP members remain divided on the best strategy and path forward for implementing changes to America’s health care system. With Congress still formulating its plan for health care, advocates have an opportunity to take action and voice their concerns about potentially dangerous reforms to essential health care programs like Medicaid.

According to the leaked audio, Congressional majority members want to protect the millions of people who have gained health insurance under the ACA, while finding a way to spend less federal dollars on health care. During the meeting, debate centered on the future of Medicaid expansion, a proposal to offer tax credits for insurance, and the timeline for ACA repeal. For a detailed account of what was said during the meeting, see Politico’s recent coverage.

Back on Capitol Hill, a few Senators have introduced ACA replacement plans. Proposals include a joint effort by Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) called “The Patient Freedom Act”, as well as “The Obamacare Replacement Act” introduced by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). Thus far, no bill has emerged as a frontrunner for ACA replacement.

While the national debate on health care reform is just beginning, advocates need to talk with their legislators NOW about protecting mental health and addiction services. Visit the National Council’s Act NOW page for simple steps on how you can get involved. This week, the National Council is asking advocates to write their representatives in Congress urging them to oppose any reduction in coverage of lifesaving mental health and addiction care.