March 6th: Republicans in the House introduce the American Health Care Act (AHCA).
March 13th: The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) releases its score for the bill; estimating that the bill would result in loss of insurance for 24 million Americans.
March 16th: Without any public hearings, House committees approve the bill. It is scheduled for a House vote on March 23rd.
March 20th: House drafts are reconciled into a single bill and scheduled for a vote on March 23rd.
March 23rd: House vote is delayed when Speaker realizes there are not enough GOP votes to pass the bill.
March 24th: After consulting with President, Speaker Paul Ryan pulls the bill rather than have it fail in a vote. Ryan’s statements afterward indicate that the House will be moving on from healthcare in general.
April 25th: The MacArthur amendment is introduced, reviving consideration of bill.
May 4th: Before the CBO score is available for the revised bill, the House narrowly passes the AHCA 217-213. However, upon the passage in the House, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell discards the House version and appoints a council of 13 men to write its own version of the healthcare bill.
May 6th: Only two days after the House passage, Indivisible Madison holds a Die-In protest at the Capitol to dramatize how the AHCA jeopardizes the lives of people who will lose health insurance under the bill.
May 16th: Resist Trump Tuesday makes a visit to Senator Tammy Baldwin’s office to ask that she vote no on the bill, to use unanimous consent to block the bill, and if all else fails, do what she can to introduce countless amendments to drag out debate and force the GOP to table the bill..
May 24th: The CBO releases its new score for the modified AHCA that passed the House. They predict the amount of Americans that will lose insurance would be roughly the same at 23 million.
June 6th: Resist Trump Tuesday makes another visit to Senator Baldwin’s office. Staffers assure those attending that engaging with your members of Congress works and that stories from constituents about healthcare killed the first draft of the AHCA.
June 7th: Tammy Baldwin, along with 5 other Democratic Senators, introduces S 1307, the Affordable Health Insurance for the Middle Class Act, to make more people eligible for healthcare tax credits.
June 13th: Contrary to his previous comments on the subject, Trump describes the House bill as “mean”
June 22nd: Senate introduces the council’s replacement amendment to the House AHCA, entitled Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA).
June 26th: The CBO finds the Senate bill as damaging as the House bill, estimating the number of Americans expected to lose insurance at 22 million.
June 26th: The New York Times publishes an op-ed from Senator Ron Johnson that’s highly critical of the BHRA. He also claims that he would vote no on the motion to proceed, along with 3 other Republican senators: Rand Paul (Ky.), Susan Collins (Maine) and Dean Heller (Nev.).
June 27th: McConnell postpones the vote to after the July 4th recess.
June 28th: Adapt, a disability rights group, staged a sit in at Senator Ron Johnson’s Milwaukee office.
July 6th: Indivisible Madison holds the “Get Your Hands Off Our Healthcare Rally” at the State Capitol. Wisconsin Progressive Alliance, Indivisible Stoughton, and Oshkosh Tuesday Rally Group stage a sit in at Senator Ron Johnson’s Oshkosh office in protest of the Senate bill.
July 13th: Senate Republicans amend the BCRA so it will meet Senate reconciliation standards. That makes eligible for passage by a simple majority rather than the usual 60. Republican Senators Rand Paul and Susan Collins issue statements that they will vote no on the revised bill.
July 15th: Senator John McCain announces he must undergo surgery to remove a blood clot his left eye (later discovered to be the result of a malignant brain tumor), further delaying the vote.
July 15th: Madison Socialist Alternative (along with the Four Lakes Green Party, Democratic Socialists of America, AFSCME local 125, Progressive Dane, Immigrant Workers Union, Wisconsin Bailout the People Movement, Student Coalition for Progress, and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom) holds a rally at the State Capitol in opposition to TrumpCare.
July 17th: Sens. Mike Lee and Jerry Moran add their names to those who would vote no on the revised plan. The bill appears to be dead.
July 18th: Indivisible Madison, Indivisible Tosa, Indivisible Milwaukee, and Bucking Badgers gather outside Johnson’s Milwaukee office in protest of the latest version of BCRA.
July 25th: Senator McCain returns to the senate after surgery and votes yes on a motion to proceed. Senator Johnson also votes yes, contrary to many of his indications. The vote passes 51-50 with Mike Pence breaking the tie and debate on the bill begins.
July 25th: Republicans develop a revised version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act that includes amendments which provide more funds to address the opioid crisis; lets people pay for premiums using pre-tax health savings accounts; restores $100 million for Medicaid funding; and adds the Cruz amendment which allows insurers to offer alternative cheaper bare-bones policies. Before the vote could begin, Senate Democrats use a procedural move requiring the Senate clerk to read the entire text of the amendment aloud in the Senate chamber. This is all part of the delaying tactics Democrats employ throughout debate of the BCRA to express their overall unhappiness with the bill. Then Democrats object to using reconciliation rules for the bill because it had not been officially scored by the CBO. Therefore, Republicans need 60 votes for passage. It fails miserably, 43-57.
July 26th: The Senate takes up the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act which would repeal Obamacare but would not be effective for two years. This is supposed to give them two years to craft a replacement before the repeal is implemented. This bill is almost identical to one passed by the Senate in 2015 but vetoed by President Obama. The 2017 bill failed passage, 45-55.
July 26th: The Senate then goes on to consider a bill which calls for complete repeal of Obamacare with no replacement. Seven Republicans join the Democrats to reject the bill.
July 27th: The Senate considers what they call the “skinny plan.” It would repeal the individual and employer mandates and the medical device tax, and possibly include defunding Planned Parenthood and eliminating the Prevention and Public Health Fund. None of the Republicans actually want this to become public policy. Rather, they see it as a step to reach a conference committee with the House and come up with yet another proposal to repeal and replace. In addition to the Democrats, GOP Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski announce they will vote against the bill. In a surprising move on the Senate floor, they are joined by Senator John McCain to defeat the bill. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell addresses the press: It’s time to move on to tax reform.
August 2nd: Both the House and the Senate take a bipartisan approach to fixing Obamacare!!! Sen. Lamar Alexander announces that the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions will hold bipartisan hearings on how to repair the ACA individual market. In the House, a group of 40 lawmakers from both parties endorses an outline of ideas aimed at making urgent fixes to the ACA. Bipartisanship – what a welcome surprise!