New GOP health-care bill is last-gasp effort to deflate Obamacare

Posted July 14, 2017

"This is our opportunity to really make a difference on health care", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who tried to get fellow Republicans to at least begin debate in the full Senate on the plan next week.

"It is hard to expect people to be as productive as they should be when they don't have basic health care", Leffler said.

"It would again give Americans more tools for managing their own care - and this time, go even further", McConnell said Thursday.

Among other changes, the revised Republican Bill, known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act, presents $ 45 million for treatment and recovery of addictions, and tax credit programs with higher deductibles.

What changed since the last version?

GOP leaders unveiled the Senate's revised health care bill on Thursday, and the updated legislation included a version of a controversial amendment drafted by Sen. The two chambers would have to eventually agree on a common piece of legislation to successfully repeal and replace the ACA.

In particular, Democrats and left-leaning Republicans strongly criticised moves to include a version of a proposal by Republican senator Ted Cruz that will allow insurers to sell plans that don't comply with the Obamacare requirements if they also offer plans that do.

"You want to keep your mandates?" This latest version adds $70 billion to a fund for states - bringing the total to $132 billion - to help support coverage of low-income people.

Murkowski, one of the moderates opposed to the original bill, told CNN she was unhappy that reporters saw a summary distributed to lobbyists before she had seen the bill. This could open the door for insurance companies to punish people with pre-existing conditions by requiring them to opt for more comprehensive plans that would include essential health benefits.

The new BCRA will also retain Obamacare's net investment tax, the Medicare insurance tax, and the remuneration tax on executive compensation for health insurance executives. A vote on the measure is possible next week. Paul against the effort puts Senate Republican leadership in a tough spot - they need approval votes from 50 of the 52 GOP senators. Bill Cassidy, Louisiana Republican, though it's unclear if he has much buy-in from either side of the aisle.