Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: A Week In Review

by Michael Ostrolenk.  (More news and views from Capitol Hill by Mr. Ostrolenk at The Hills Have Eyes Blog.)

The Senate began debate on November 30th (2009) upon returning from Thanksgiving on Reid’s  Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R.3590) .  Kathryn Nix, a member of the Young Leaders Program at the Heritage Foundation did an excellent over-view of the first  work week of debate.  

Over the  weekend:

On Saturday ( 12/5/09) dealt with the following;

  • Kerry #2926 (on home health agencies) was agreed to 96-0.
  • Johanns motion to commit the bill to Finance Committee to prevent the cuts to Home Health Agencies was defeated 41-53.  Four Democrats voted for Johanns:  Senators Bayh, Lincoln, Nelson (NE) and Webb.

Today, (12/6/09), there were two votes;

  1. The Lincoln amendment regarding limited compensation for insurance company executives failed 56-42 (there was a 60 vote threshold).
  2. The Ensign amendment that would cap attorney fees in malpractice cases failed 32-66.

On Monday (12/7/09), the Senate is expected to take up the following amendments;

  1. Senator Gregg’s amendment to prevent Medicare from being raided for new entitlements and to use Medicare savings to save Medicare;
  2. Senator Pryor’s amendment to create an “enrollee satisfaction system” for qualified health plans offered through the Exchange;