Adam Solander Quoted in “4 Key Takeaways for Attys from the AHCA”


Adam C. Solander, a Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was quoted in Law360, in “4 Key Takeaways for Attys from the AHCA,” by Daniel Siegal. (Read the full version – subscription required.)

Following is an excerpt:

Epstein Becker Green member Adam Solander said that when the bill surfaced during the NCAA men’s basketball national championship tournament, he counseled his clients that the House bill is essentially the “play-in game,” as the chamber is firmly in Republican control.

“This is something that should have gone pretty easily,” he said. “It’s a big day in health care reform, but ultimately the real game starts when it moves to the Senate,”

Solander said he “absolutely” doesn’t expect the bill to pass the Senate without substantial changes, noting that several different groups of Republican senators, including moderates like Susan Collins of Maine and libertarians like Rand Paul of Kentucky, have conflicting visions about what health care reform should look like.

“I don’t think this bill will ultimately be what health care reform looks like moving forward, and that’s largely due to the politics in the Senate,” he said.

Solander noted that Republicans, who hold a 52-48 majority in the Senate, are planning to use the budget reconciliation process to pass the bill — which allows them to pass a bill with a simply majority instead of the normal 60-vote threshold for legislation. The process doesn’t allow for provisions that are “extraneous” to budgeting to be passed, however, and it’s unclear at this juncture how much of the AHCA could meet that threshold, Solander said.