The Senate's Repeal efforts in July 2017 were unsuccessful. All three plans, from repeal and replace to the skinny repeal, failed to gain the necessary votes to pass. Senators Collins (R-ME) and Murkowski (R-AK) were joined by Senator McCain (R-AZ) on the final vote that ended the Republicans' partisan attempts to end the ACA.
Many in Congress are committed to bipartisan solutions to the instability in the ACA marketplaces and on the individual markets, and negotiations are underway. The Republican leadership has expressed other legislative priorities for the remainder of the year.
However, the President, Senator Cassidy and the Freedom Caucus remain committed to repealing the ACA. Trump continues to threaten to withhold cost sharing reduction (CSR) payments to insurers. Without a firm commitment to CSRs and uncertainty regarding the individual mandate, insurers continue to withdraw from markets and premiums for 2018 are skyrocketing. Most individuals will be shielded from the full force of the increased premiums as they receive subsidies. Not so for middle and upper middle class Americans, who will be paying substantially more in 2018 for the same level of coverage as in 2018. Click here for KFF article.
A large majority of Americans (78%) think the President and his administration should make the current health law work. A majority (60%) want bipartisan solutions to improve it. click here for KFF poll.