In Part IV of our blog series, Very Opaque to Slightly Transparent: Shedding Light on the Future of Healthcare, we discussed a few post-inauguration developments with respect to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In this Part V, we provide a brief overview of some of the key provisions of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the latest in the ongoing saga of the ACA’s future.
On March 6, 2017, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan unveiled his much anticipated ACA “repeal and replace” bill, the AHCA. Although it is currently undergoing markup in the House of Representatives, and thus is subject to change even in the immediate future, it is worth considering some of the legislation’s core features, as they establish a general framework within which a successful repeal and replace effort may operate. For example, in its current draft form, the AHCA includes various key components, including those set forth in the following abridged list: