Senate votes down health care reform repeal

by Government Relations Staff

February 8, 2011– On February 2, the Senate voted 51-47 to reject an effort by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to repeal the new health care reform law. Last month, the Republican-controlled House voted in favor of repealing the health care reform law.

United opposition from Senate Democrats and the White House makes a full repeal of the law during the 112th Congress unlikely.

Legislators will likely shift their efforts now to making substantial changes to the health care reform law through new legislation. Meanwhile, the judiciary is embroiled in legal challenges to the health care reform. Ultimately, the US Supreme Court could be tasked with determining the legality of the law.

In the coming months, the American Psychological Association (APA) Practice Organization will continue to engage leaders from both parties to protect and advance professional psychology’s legislative advocacy priorities, and to safeguard critical reforms that have already been attained.

As the issue progresses and targeted grassroots assistance is needed in the months ahead, we will keep members informed through articles in this e-newsletter and on Practice Central.