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Senate Continues Debate; House Told to Stand By

The Senate continues to debate a variety of amendments to repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including a “skinny repeal” that would eliminate the employer and individual mandates.

The Congressional Budget Office’s 2016 analysis of the individual mandate forecasted the repeal would increase the number of uninsured by 15 million people by 2026, including 2 million who would lose employment-based coverage, 6 million fewer covered by non-group policies and 7 million fewer Medicaid enrollees.

The Senate is expected to finish 20 hours of debate on ACA repeal legislation this evening and could move to a vote on the “skinny repeal” proposal as early as Friday morning. It is not yet clear what policy will be included in that package.

If legislation ultimately passes the Senate, the House of Representatives may move to consider the legislation as early as Friday afternoon or Saturday. Alternatively, the bill could be sent to a conference committee to work out differences between the final Senate bill and the House-passed American Health Care Act.