The leader of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee said Tuesday that the House-passed bill to eliminate federal funding for states to establish exchanges will not have the same success in the Senate.
On Tuesday evening, the House voted 283-183 for a bill that would repeal mandatory funding in the healthcare reform law for states to establish state health insurance exchanges.
"Through grants for exchanges, the Affordable Care Act empowers states, giving them new authority and flexibility to serve their citizens' needs," Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said in a written statement. “This legislation would roll back those gains and hurt American families. As I've said before, bills to defund the health care law will be dead on arrival in the Senate.”
Introduced by House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) in late March, the bill would eliminate the funds to the HHS secretary to award grants to states to establish the exchanges and also would rescind any unobligated funds available under the provisions.
Earlier this week, the White House released a statement of administration policy that said President Barack Obama would veto the bill if he's presented with it.