Heritage Action Will Key Vote Health Care Amendments

Washington — This afternoon, the Senate voted to begin debate on the House-passed American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628). That successful procedural vote allows Senate Republicans to begin debate on their seven-year promise to repeal and ultimately replace Obamacare. Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“Obamacare’s failures are on full display as premiums skyrocket, networks narrow and insurers disappear. Today’s vote gives Senate Republicans the opportunity to debate a bill that will begin the process of dismantling Obamacare and restoring some semblance of federalism and freedom into our nation’s health insurance system.

“Throughout the amendment process, Republicans must unite to protect some of the most significant conservative reforms from hostile liberal amendments. Those reforms include the newly revised 1332 waiver process, generational reform of Medicaid and the rollback of the Medicaid expansion enhanced match, and additional consumer freedom provisions.”

Multiple key votes are possible throughout the amendment process. Because the rules governing the Senate’s budget consideration are complex, amendment votes often occur without notice. As a result, Heritage Action may not release key votes in advance during the vote-a-rama. Follow Heritage Action on Twitter throughout the debate to get up-to-date information of pending amendments.