March 27, 2017
On Friday March 24, 2017, House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the plug on the American Health Care Act, the Republican-sponsored legislation that would partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), after conceding he did not have enough votes to ensure the bill's passage before the whole House of Representatives. A vote, previously scheduled for Thursday, had been rescheduled for later on Friday.
Ryan's decision came after several days of intense negotiations with reluctant Republican House members, and making several concessions to try to get them on board to support the bill. However, in the end and despite an ultimatum by the President to pass the American Health Care Act, it became clear that Mr. Ryan still wasn't able to muster the 216 votes needed for the bill's passage.
At least in the near term, it appears there will be little effort made to revive this legislation or attempt any new repeal and replacement of the ACA. Pending further legislative or administrative guidance, employers should stay the course and continue to comply with ACA's requirements, including its employer mandate and reporting requirements.
Stay tuned, health care reform remains a very fluid situation. We will continue to keep you informed as new developments arise.
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