Article By Kate McGovern Tornone, Editor, BLR
Republican lawmakers pulled their proposal to undo parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Friday afternoon as it became clear they didn’t have the necessary votes to pass the bill in the House.
The American Health Care Act (AHCA) would have, among other things, effectively voided the ACA’s employer mandate, which requires larger employers to offer workers affordable health insurance. It also would have delayed the “Cadillac Tax” on high-value plans and made a few smaller changes to employer plans. Employers’ reporting requirements, however, generally would have remained.
For a full review of the bill’s provisions, see ACA Repeal Proposal Released; Cadillac Tax Remains. For a look at its implications for employers, see ACA ‘Repeal’ Bill Alleviates Many Employer Burdens.
Support for the bill dwindled as lawmakers tried to make concessions, according to Eric Schillinger, an associate at Trucker Huss. Each time they amended the bill to appease one group, they alienated another, creating a tug-of-war, he explained. And instead of allowing the bill to come up short on the House floor, they pulled it to save face, he said.