Bill Aimed at Blocking Affordable Care Act Exchanges Hits Major Roadblock | WABE 90.1 FM

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Mar

Bill Aimed at Blocking Affordable Care Act Exchanges Hits Major Roadblock | WABE 90.1 FM

It appears House bill 707 will not pass this legislative session. But the bill’s sponsor is vowing to continue to fight and says language contained in the bill still has life.

House bill 707 would prohibit state departments or local governments from operating health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. The measure would also bar state employees from advocating for Medicaid expansion.

At first, the bill was included on the list of more than 80 bills moving forward for consideration. But then Republican Senator Cecil Staton, who is retiring this year, asked the Senate rules committee to remove the bill. Several Republican members of the committee then voted 10 to 4 with Democrats not to place the bill on the list of bills that senators could vote on.

WABE was unable to speak with Senator Staton or several other Republican Senators who sided with him regarding the vote. Despite receiving unanimous passage out of a committee last week, the bill had been rumored not to be a favorite of Senate leaders.

Bill sponsor Representative Jason Spencer called the vote a betrayal of Republicans against Republicans.

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