Keep the Pressure On! House Delays Obamacare Repeal Vote

NYAPRS Note: Today’s stirring calls to action by Families USA’s founding director Ron Pollack, the National Council’s Chuck Ingoglia and SCAA’s Kate Breslin at our Executive Seminar made it desperately clear how critical our advocacy is to opposing the GOP healthcare bill and, by doing so, preserving access to basic healthcare for Medicaid beneficiaries, most notably people with disabilities. We went to our phones and joined an untold number of advocates across the nation in urging our respective House members to block passage of the toxic measure.
Thankfully, enough House GOP members are coming out either undecided or opposed so that no action will be considered for another week or so. Please use the link below to keep the pressure on!

House Delays Obamacare Repeal Vote Until At Least Next Week
By Rachael Bade Politico April 27, 2017

House Republican leaders tonight delayed a vote on their Obamacare repeal bill until next week at the earliest, denying President Donald Trump a major legislative victory during his first 100 days in office.

Speaker Paul Ryan and his top lieutenants decided during a late-night huddle in the Capitol that they still do not have the votes to pass the stalled health care legislation. At least 15 House Republicans remain solidly opposed, with another 20 leaning no or still undecided, according to GOP lawmakers and aides.

House Republicans can only lose 22 votes.

White House officials, after striking a deal with conservatives, had publicly raised expectations that the vote would occur this week. And they privately pushed Ryan to hand Trump something he could tout as a major legislative victory before Saturday, his 100th day in office.

GOP leaders are still struggling to secure the votes. More than 15 lawmakers publicly declared their opposition in recent days, though most of them had also rejected the original draft that Ryan yanked from the floor last month. More foreboding for House leaders, Republicans who backed earlier versions of the proposal, including Reps. Mike Coffman of Colorado and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, said they were now undecided. Some came out against the bill.

“Protections for those with pre-existing conditions without contingency and affordable access to coverage for every American remain my priorities for advancing health care reform, and this bill does not satisfy those benchmarks for me," said Rep. Ryan Costello, a centrist Pennsylvania Republican who voted for an earlier version of the bill in committee. "I remain a no vote on this bill in its current form.”

Take Action: Urge Your Legislators to Oppose the Revised American Health Care Act

Congress is again working on legislation that would gut federal investment in Medicaid and devastate Americans' mental health and addiction coverage and care.

In addition to restructuring Medicaid and shifting over $800 billion in costs to states, the revised version of the American Health Care Act directly targets provisions that are important to mental health and addiction advocates, including: rolling back essential health benefits, eliminating protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions and widening the gap in primary and behavioral health parity. For millions of individuals, these provisions would mean restricted access to Medicaid, restricted access to affordable coverage and restricted access to lifesaving mental health and addictions treatment.

Please take 2 minutes today and urge your legislators to oppose the revised American Health Care Act. Click here to get started!

Thank you to all National Council advocates who have engaged with us this year. We are asking that you continue to join us in uniting for behavioral health and ensuring that every American has the mental health and addiction care they need.


Chuck Ingoglia

Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Practice Improvement

National Council for Behavioral Health