This Wednesday, the new 112th Congress will be sworn in. The Hill will be packed with families, friends, and supporters of newly-elected and re-elected Members alike and the “first day of school” feeling with be palpable up on Capitol Hill. On Wednesday, Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-OH) will be officially elected Speaker of the House and give his opening address to the assembled 112th Congress.
The pomp and circumstance won’t last long, though, as we learned this week that legislative business will get going right out of the gate. Starting this Friday, the House of Representatives will begin debating a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (the health reform law). The vote on the bill is slated to occur next Wednesday. As health center advocates are aware, NACHC supported health reform for the many positive provisions the law contained for health centers and the patients and communities they serve. In the coming days, you can expect to see more information from NACHC on the process, timing, and messaging around this vote. In the meantime, however, for those who wish to take action now in urging their Members to oppose this repeal, you can click here for an advocacy alert on this issue.
Stay tuned as the 112th Congress is already shaping up to be a busy one for health center advocates!