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Is Today the Day O’Care Repeal Passes? And Just What is “Skinny Repeal”?

Your questions on the tail end of the Senate GOP’s effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, which may reach a dramatic conclusion on Thursday.

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The multi-day effort by the Senate GOP to debate Obamacare repeal and replacement may reach a conclusion on Thursday or Friday.

A lot of readers have questions. NTK Network has answers.

WHAT HAS HAPPENED SO FAR?

  • Mitch McConnell earned just enough votes to support the motion to proceed (MTP) on the House’s repeal-and-replace bill, which passed this spring, on Tuesday
  • The Senate rejected a modified version of McConnell’s repeal-and-replace bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), by a 43-57 vote on Tuesday
  • The Senate rejected a “clean” repeal of Obamacare, with a two-year delay, on Wednesday by a 45-55 vote
  • The Senate rejected two measures from vulnerable Senate Dems (Donnelly of Indiana and Casey of Pennsylvania) to send the bill back to committee

WHAT’S ON THURSDAY?

  • According to Axios, McConnell’s fallback “skinny repeal” option may receive a vote on Thursday; only problem? No one knows the language or CBO score for the bill

WHAT IS “SKINNY REPEAL”?

  • According to reports, “skinny repeal” would: 1) repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate, 2) repeal Obamacare’s employer mandate, 3) repeal the medical device tax
  • Repealing the two mandates would lead to 15 million less people having insurance in 2026 than is projected under current law
  • The combined savings of the three measures above would cut government spending by $225 billion over 10 years, according to various estimates

ARE THE VOTES THERE ON “SKINNY REPEAL”?

  • Hard to say; some senators who opposed various repeal-and-replace efforts are on board (Heller, Rand Paul), while others (Capito, Lee) are skeptical
  • Three GOP votes against “skinny repeal” kill the effort