Just when bipartisan Senate negotiations on stabilizing the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) marketplaces and extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program were picking up steam, Senate leaders have abruptly decided to make a last-ditch effort to repeal the ACA, also known as Obamacare, and impose massive cuts to Medicaid.
Why the sudden rush to try again on repeal? Basically, they’re facing a deadline. The Senate parliamentarian recently ruled that the procedural shortcut that allows Senate Republicans to pass repeal with only 51 votes will expire on Sept. 30. Although Senate Republicans had finally seemed ready to move on after July’s failed vote, key senators have seized on the impending deadline to push for one final attempt at repeal.
The above excerpt was originally published in Fortune.
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