On September 29, the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives approved a reconciliation measure seeking to repeal several key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The Committees reconciliation measure seeks to repeal:
• the individual mandate;
the employer mandate;
the medical device excise tax (previously discussed here);
the 40% excise tax on employer-sponsored health plans with benefits above certain thresholds (known as the Cadillac Tax, previously discussed here); and
the Independent Payment Advisory Board established by the ACA to make policy recommendations regarding Medicare.
The two-part reconciliation measure, consisting of the “Budget Reconciliation Legislative Recommendations Relating to Repeal of Independent Payment Advisory Board” and the “Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute to the Committee Print Relating to Repeal of Certain Excise Taxes Enacted in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” was approved by the Committee by a 23 to 14 vote along party lines. The next stop for the reconciliation measure is the Committee on the Budget of the U.S. House of Representatives for deliberation.