Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Statement on Senate Health Care Vote

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Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health (WAWH) Executive Director, Sara Finger, released the following statement regarding today's U.S. Senate vote on a motion to proceed with debate to repeal the ACA.

As Bloomberg explained, Republicans Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted against beginning debate, meaning that opposition from even one more senator would block passage of any health bill.

While we agree the ACA isn't ideal, it's been crucial to helping small business owners like us access better and more affordable health coverage.

About Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (bluecrossma.com) is a community-focused, tax-paying, not-for-profit health plan headquartered in Boston. Lack of health insurance is a major barrier to seeking out care and receiving necessary treatments.

In the face of these partisan attacks on access to health care, HRC members have logged over 15,000 calls and emails to congressional offices on both sides of the aisle. And I encourage all Washingtonians to continue contacting their representatives in Congress to tell them to pursue real bipartisan solutions that protect and build upon our state's progress improving health care access, quality and affordability.

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Today we witnessed an nearly total breakdown of basic democratic norms that has resulted in the U.S. Senate voting to debate a bill for which there isn't even any text that is available to the public.

Several versions of a Senate health care plan have come and gone after Republican senators, including Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., may put the repeal of the Affordable Care Act on the floor of the agenda for a procedural vote for further consideration.

About 35,000 others got coverage through the act's insurance exchange.

During the procedural vote on the Senate floor, 50 Republicans voted yes and two GOP senators - Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - voted no, along with the Senate's 48 Democrats. We would likely end up where we started if the ACA is repealed. It would buy the Senate's GOP leaders more time, because its passage would lead to a conference committee with the House. It made for great bumper stickers and campaign promises to repeal the law, but the trouble is that their opposition to the ACA has been more about politics than it was about actual policy or plans to do better.

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