White House, reform supporters play defense before Senate vote

HCAN executive director Ethan Rome said, “Senate Republicans should personally explain to their constituents why their political games will take away a law that ends the worst insurance company abuses and liberates families, seniors and businesses from crushing healthcare costs and devastating denials of care."

The Senate is expected to take up a vote on the repeal measure sometime Wednesday, as well as a vote on eliminating an unpopular IRS filing requirement.

On Tuesday, a coalition of more than 250 trade associations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers, wrote an open letter asking all senators to support repeal.

“The sooner [the law] is repealed, the sooner Congress, the administration and all stakeholders can start over with a bipartisan and transparent process aimed at consensus, and get healthcare reform right,” the letter read.