Title

Possibilities and Pitfalls of Health Reform Through Budget Reconciliation

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Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International

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Blog Post

Publication Date

5-20-2021

Publisher

Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School

Language

en-US

Abstract

The Biden administration entered office promising health reform. But the evenly-split Senate means ten Republican votes are necessary to move major legislation — cooperation that seems unlikely after years of Republican attempts to repeal and obstruct the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Still, expanding health insurance coverage may be on the menu through budget reconciliation. A budget reconciliation bill progresses with a simple majority vote: special rules limit debate and make filibuster impossible.

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