05 May What Happens Next for the American Health Care Act

By the time you’re reading this, you have likely received information from several other sources regarding the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that was passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday.  The question is, what does this mean and what happens next?  As of now, this does not affect existing law governing healthcare in the U.S.  The bill now goes to the Senate where analysts believe the same bill that passed the House will not pass in the Senate without quite a few alterations.  Republican Senators have suggested they may start over with their own version of the bill.  Likely, the Senate will not put a bill up for vote without receiving analysis from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).  Senator Lindsey Graham expressed concern via Twitter about the current version of the AHCA bill indicating that the House bill “has not been scored [by the CBO], amendments not allowed, and 3 hours final debate – should be viewed with caution”.  A bill revised in the Senate would need to be passed by both the Senate and the House before going to the President’s desk for signature.  Like you, we will be watching for developments on this legislation and will keep you up to date.

We could go on about this process, but nobody says it better than Schoolhouse Rock:

*Video credit: Schoolhouse Rock & Disney Education

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