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S. 191: Patient Freedom Act of 2017

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About the bill

Several Republican plans have been proposed for replacing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, once that law is dismantled or repealed. S. 191, nicknamed the Patient Freedom Act, has been introduced by Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), a licensed medical doctor.

What the bill does

The legislation aims to shift the question of repeal to states by allowing them to continue to use the ACA as is or move to state-specific plans that rely on health savings accounts and decreased financial support from the federal government. This bill is ...

Sponsor and status

Bill Cassidy

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Louisiana. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 23, 2017
Length: 73 pages

Jan 23, 2017


Introduced on Jan 23, 2017

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on January 23, 2017. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jan 23, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

If this bill has further action, the following steps may occur next:
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Passed Senate

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S. 191 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

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