Health Care Partner Quoted in Law360 on Expectations for Obamacare Repeal in U.S. Senate

In The News
July 11, 2017
Thomas N. Bulleit

Health care partner Tom Bulleit (Washington, D.C.) was quoted in a July 11 Law360 article on expectations for repeal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Among 11 health policy experts, Mr. Bulleit notes that U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is a “superb legislative tactician” and Mr. Bulleit predicts “slightly better than even odds of getting a Republican health care bill through the Senate.” Mr. Bulleit also notes that “the entire Republican caucus wants to vote for something they can call repeal - if they can simultaneously have a credible story that the repeal will protect their voters.” 

With the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) draft bill’s “protection for pre-existing conditions, and more substantial stabilization and opioid drug addiction treatment funds, I think the moderate Senators will accept a slower phase-out of the Medicaid expansion, lower federal subsidies allocated mostly based on income, permission for some skinnier [health care insurance] exchange plans, and acceptable language on abortion rather than defunding Planned Parenthood . . . . Senate conservatives will vote yes on that rather than a no that would preserve Obamacare,” Mr. Bulleit concludes.


Thomas N. Bulleit
Thomas N. Bulleit
Retired Partner