By Ryan Schuster
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, 244-185 today, but the vote is not expected to end the controversy over the legislation anytime soon. The health care reform law was declared constitutional by the Supreme Court last month.
Today’s vote is seen by political experts as mostly a symbolic move, as there are not expected to be enough votes in the Democratically-controlled Senate for full repeal. President Obama is also not expected to veto one of his signature accomplishments as president in the unlikely event that the Senate voted to repeal the law.
According to the Washington Post, today’s vote was the 33rd vote in the House to repeal part or all of the law. So far all the other efforts to invalidate the law have failed. While a complete repeal of ACA does not appear likely at this point, Republicans are expected to continue attempts to remove or change some provisions in the law. Many states have not yet set up state-run exchanges and a number appear to be taking a wait and see approach to see if this fall’s elections lead to any changes in the direction Congress takes on the law.
We’re monitoring developments related to the health care law. We continue to listen to our members and will keep you informed about how any new developments could impact you. As the state’s largest health insurer and a nonprofit member-owned company, we are leading the way to find North Dakota solutions that lead to affordable health care for our members. We are determined to remain a trusted source of health care information for our members and all North Dakotans. For more information about the health reform law and how it could affect you, check out our health reform page.
Ryan Schuster is an editor in the Communications department at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota.