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R44100 – Use of the Annual Appropriations Process to Block Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (FY2011-FY2017) – 10/7/2016

Author: C. Stephen Redhead, Specialist in Health Policy; Ada S. Cornell, Information Research Specialist
Pages: 22

Congress remains deeply divided over implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the health reform law enacted in March 2010. Since the ACA’s enactment, lawmakers opposed to specific provisions in the ACA or the entire law have repeatedly debated its implementation and considered bills to repeal, defund, delay, or otherwise amend the law. In addition to considering ACA repeal or amendment in authorizing legislation, some lawmakers have used the annual appropriations process in an effort to eliminate funding for the ACA’s implementation and address other aspects of the law. ACA-related provisions have been included in enacted appropriations acts each year since the ACA became law. In October 2013, disagreement between the Republican-led House and Democratic-controlled Senate over the inclusion of ACA language in a temporary spending bill for the new fiscal year (i.e., FY2014) resulted in a partial shutdown of government operations that lasted 16 days. Bills: H.R. 1473, H.R. 1, H.R. 3070, H.R. 2434, H.R. 6020, H.R. 2786, H.R. 5016, H.R. 2995, H.R. 3020, H.R. 940, S. 3686, S. 1599, S. 1573, S. 3295, S. 3301, S. 1284, S. 1371