Source: AAFP Washington, DC, Office and Heath Policy Institute of Ohio
On January 12, the U. S. Senate took its first step to roll back the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The House followed on January 13, taking action on a budget resolution measure that will allow Republicans to use special budget procedures to repeal major parts of the ACA without cooperation from Democrats. The concurrent resolution, which does not need a presidential signature, instructs congressional committees to propose ACA repeal by Friday, January 27.
House Republicans from divergent wings of the party raised concerns about taking this initial step without having a more detailed plan in place for ultimately replacing the ACA. But House leaders worked in recent days to address those concerns, even as President-Elect Donald Trump made public statements setting out an ambitious timeline for action that many on Capitol Hill see as unrealistic.