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S. 191 (115th): 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plans have been proposed for replacing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, once that law is dismantled or repealed.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 in keeping with the Republican belief that the federal government exerts too much control over states. The bill maintains some of the more popular parts of the ACA, contrary to some House Republicans’ calls for wholesale repeal, while eliminating …

Sponsor and status

Bill Cassidy

Sponsor. Senator for Louisiana. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 23, 2017
Length: 73 pages
Jan 23, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 23, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


5 Cosponsors (5 Republicans)



Jan 23, 2017

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

S. 191 (115th) was 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.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 191. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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