RICHMOND - This afternoon, the Senate passed HB 2411 by Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg) on a straight party line vote to repeal provisions that were added, and restore provisions that were amended or repealed, by the General Assembly since 2011 in efforts to bring the laws of the Commonwealth in conformity with requirements of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Said Senator Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon), "At what point do we know if the ACA has been repealed? Once provisions dealing with pre-existing conditions are scrapped? Once young people aren't able to stay on their parents' healthcare anymore? All this will do is inject more uncertainty and chaos into our healthcare market. I don't know why we would pass something like this as a serious policy proposal.  It's clear that some feel we just need to check the box on repeal of the Affordable Care Act."
Said Senator John Edwards (D-Roanoke), "At best, this bill is an effort to put the cart before the horse. Congress has been talking for years about repealing the ACA and they still have no idea what they're going to do. It makes absolutely no sense to pass this bill. It accomplishes nothing."
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