Senate Releases Draft Of Healthcare Bill, But It’s Not Repealing Obamacare

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the draft of the Senate’s version of the healthcare bill.

What’s in it?

  • Repeal Obamacare’s individual and employer mandate and repeal most of its taxes except for the “Cadillac tax” on premium health care plans.
  • Keep Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion until 2020. In 2021, Medicaid expansion would phase out the expansion over three years, ending in 2024. The plan would limit Medicaid spending with per capita caps, or states can decide to adopt block grants for Medicaid spending. Medicaid would grow at a slower rate starting in 2025.
  • Allow states to adopt waivers for many of Obamacare’s health insurance regulations, similar to the House’s state waiver program.
  • Retain Obamacare’s cost-sharing program through 2019, after which health insurers can no longer receive the subsidies.
  • Allow states to impose work requirements for able-bodied adults without children, or Americans with disabilities.
  • Exempt children with complex medical needs from the per capita caps on Medicaid spending.
  • Provide $15 billion for a “State Stabilization Fund” to help lower the price of premiums and increase health coverage for 2018 and 2019. The fund would also provide $10 billion a year in 2020 and 2021.
  • Prevent Americans from using subsidies to purchase health plans that cover abortions and will eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood.

Also on the list, more generous tax credits for low-income and older Americans, a slower rollback of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, and a repeal of most of the Obamacare taxes.

But it is not a full repeal of Obamacare.

Senate leadership attempted to write a more generous version of health care reform compared to the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA). The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported that the House-passed AHCA would cause 23 million Americans to lose health insurance over the next ten years while reducing the deficit by $119 billion.

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The new bill is facing some harsh criticism, from Republicans!

Sens. Rand Paul and Ron Johnson blasted the bill because it was not a full repeal of Obamacare.

Johnson said in an interview with NBC News that he “would not call this Obamacare repeal… it’s definitely not repealing Obamacare.”

“I’m just saying, I think I have a difficult time thinking, again, I’m an accountant, I’m a business guy, I know it takes time to develop this information in such a complex system, I have a hard time believing I’ll have the information prior to when leadership may want to vote on it.

“I would certainly say it’s trying to address and fix some of the mess, just some of the mess, created by Obamacare. But that’s my concern, I’m not sure it’s fixing enough.”

Paul, who was a critic of the House’s bill, said “it looks like we’re keeping Obamacare…not repealing it.”

Many others in Senate are also not pleased.

President Trump is trying to look at the bright side, though. He said that “a little negotiation” is needed, but overall, the end product will “be very good.”

“Obamacare is dead and we’re putting a plan out today that is going to be negotiated,” Trump reportedly said.

Of course, the Democrats aren’t happy with any of it. They are angry the bill was written in secrecy. They are trying to paint Republicans as heartless beasts for supporting a bill that would cut Medicaid while giving tax breaks to “millionaires”.

Honestly, the Republicans could have wrote that everyone in the U.S. gets a million dollars and the Democrats would still find a way to tear it apart.

You can find the full-text of the bill here, or check it out below.

Senate Healthcare Bill by Breitbart News on Scribd

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