"It is time now to finally close the book on the Affordable Care Act and start a new chapter in health care," NRF Senior Vice President for Government Relations
Lawmakers who want to do more have been unable to show that they have the 60 votes that would be needed, but French said the pending bill can achieve substantial change and "is the real repeal vote."
"We have little patience for those who criticize this legislation for not going further to repeal the ACA," French said. "The budget reconciliation process offers a pathway through the
Among other provisions, the legislation would effectively repeal the ACA's employer mandate that businesses provide health insurance to full-time workers. While budget reconciliation does not allow the mandate to be repealed outright, the bill would reduce the penalties for non-compliance to zero.
The legislation would also delay the so-called
NRF opposed passage of the ACA and has sought its repeal ever since while working with
NRF is the world's largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores,