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Reading Between the Lines: A Final Push on Health Care

Author: Sandra Swirski & Sara Barba


You may have noticed recently that health care has become the centerpiece of conversations in Washington… again. Earlier this year, in July, the Senate tried and failed to pass a bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and most folks in Washington thought Republicans were done trying to gut the health care law. Then, last week, Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) revived the effort (pun intended).

This week, we’ll take a closer look at what this last-ditch effort on health care could mean for tax reform. Here are the headlines.

Details Will Come Later

Following clear frustration from rank-and-file Republicans in the House, Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) told members they would receive more details of the Republican tax reform plan the last week of September. The Senate Finance Committee also scheduled two hearings on tax reform over the past two weeks for its members – but that was before the health care revival, and tax reform’s oxygen has been sucked away once more, this time by the Graham-Cassidy bill.

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