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Republicans Still Lack Support For The Revised Senate Health Care Bill

Republicans Still Lack Support For The Revised Senate Health Care Bill

But with or without his party's support, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to take up the procedural vote, in order to open debate on the Senate floor.

However, health insurance companies would still have to include Obamacare's essential health benefits in plans for Congress and their staff. The Senate plan is nearly there, but can it get across the finish line? It basically lets people buy cheap, bare-bones insurance plans alongside more robust, Obamacare-compliant plans.

That made for bad legislation, and it will make for bad law if it somehow passes.

"The Republican plans will offer instead tax credits based on a person's age".

With the chamber's 48 Democrats and independents united in opposition, Senate Republican leaders can't afford to lose any more votes if they hope to garner the 50 votes needed to pass it. The U.S. House of Representatives passed its own version of the legislation in May.

All of this calls into question, once again, Republican rhetoric in elections versus policies that are offered up. "But Medicaid is a critical program for not only low-income children; it's a program that subsidizes the sickest kids in need of very costly care, even if they have commercial insurance".

The individual and employer mandates are gone. States would be given an incentive to expand because they would be met dollar for dollar with Medicaid funding. After all, who should be prioritized for Medicaid? "It would be disastrous for working people, disastrous in terms of job losses, and disastrous to our healthcare system as a whole". Or the set percentage of seniors without a penny to their name with debilitating illnesses like dementia?




McConnell released a plan that attempts to attract conservative support by letting insurers sell low-priced, bare-bone policies and bids for moderate Republicans with an added $45 billion for states to combat opioid abuse.

But key changes include the provision of an extra $70 billion to stabilize the health insurance exchanges created under Obamacare, on top of the $112 billion earmarked under the previous version. Without it, the enterprise of passing a health care bill would nearly be worthless.

"Senators did make the bill better for one group of Americans. themselves", the ad says, citing a Thursday report from Vox.

His compromise is considered brilliant by political observers as that it satisfies conservatives by offering a free market alternative to Obamacare health insurance and at the same time provides for the protection of various high-risk populations such as people with preexisting conditions.

Meaning, with so few votes to spare, this latest revision may not be the final offering from Senate Republicans.

If just three Republicans oppose the procedural vote scheduled for next week, the GOP's seven-year effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act would come to an end.


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