The Senate continues its debate

By: Deborah Vishnevsky

The Senate has reconvened to continue debating the Obamacare Repeal and Reconciliation Act (ORRA), with votes on amendments scheduled through the afternoon. As we stated in yesterday's blog post, the ORRA would hurt Americans’ access to healthcare coverage and care, including oral health care, and leave 32 million fewer Americans with health care coverage by 2026.


Last night, as part of the longer health care debate process that started yesterday afternoon, the Senate voted on an amendment equivalent to the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) and it failed (with many Republicans voting against it).

We encourage you to contact your senators, governors and state legislators now. Let them know that any changes to current law should not hurt children or families’ access to comprehensive and affordable coverage, including oral health care. Our elected officials should #KeepKidsCovered and #ProtectOurCare.

For more information on how to engage policymakers, visit our Why Dental Coverage Matters toolkit for call scripts, talking points, and graphics to share on social media. You can also follow our blog or social media for updates on the Senate’s debate and votes.

If a bill passes the Senate, it would then move to a joint conference between the House and Senate, to produce a bill that would need to be agreed to by both bodies before being sent to the President. For more details on this process, you can read the coverage from sources like the New York Times or Vox.

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