Sen. Moran’s decision blocks vote on Senate healthcare bill

Statement by U.S. Senator Jerry Moran on his opposition to the Better Care Reconciliation Act:

On Monday evening I announced my opposition to the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) the Senate healthcare bill. This and an earlier version of the BCRA missed the mark for Kansans. The BCRA neither adequately repealed or replaced Obamacare. It was drafted behind closed doors and without committee hearings.

After my decision, the Majority Leader set aside the BCRA and announced his plan to have the Senate vote on a bill that repeals the Affordable Care Act, effective in two years.

If the bill is adopted it would establish an expiration date for Obamacare and set the stage for a full legislative process expert witnesses, public hearings, amendments and votes by all one hundred senators.

I would work to craft healthcare policy that provides less government involvement in healthcare decisions, greater personal choice, protection for pre-existing conditions, increased access and lower costs. I recognize that decisions made regarding healthcare have real consequences for Kansans and their families. We need a thoughtful and less political process. 


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