Cheaper Plans with Fewer Benefits?

     Republican Senators exposed their newest health care bill on Thursday, still awaiting the majority to repeal and replace Obamacare. This new health care bill holds the amendment of Texas Senator Ted Cruz, allowing insurers who provide Obamacare to also issue cheaper policies. While this is meant to appeal to Republicans, moderates may also be unhappy with this, believing that this would cause premiums to spike. There are significant changes regarding funding for opioid treatment and distribution of money to the states  concerning lower premiums for high-cost enrollees. By 2026, it is estimated that 15 million fewer people could be insured.

     Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader, still searches for his 50 votes to pass his bill. Already, politicians are showing a steady fight ahead. Senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, has mentioned his opposition to a vote next week. In addition to, Susan Collins, a Maine moderate, has doubts supporting this bill. Many Senators have mentioned that they’re unfamiliar with the revised bill. Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska was not pleased to find that lobbyists had read summaries while she had yet to see the bill. Murkowski stated, “I think that as a courtesy to those of us who are actually making the decisions that we would actually have an opportunity to see it first.” It is alleged that President Donald Trump will be “angry” if Republicans fail to pass the bill. President Trump encourages Republicans to move swiftly.

 

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Mitch McConnell Wants Revised Health Care Bill by Friday

     Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, delayed a vote on the Senate Health care bill on Tuesday. The bill will now be delayed until after the July 4 recess, allowing his caucus more time to broker alterations to the proposal. GOP senators are trying to figure out a path towards the future. The goal is to have a new deal by Friday and then get it scored by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office next week. This way, they will be able to vote on it when they return from recess. A senior GOP told CNN that while it may be difficult, it could very well happen.

     The public is wondering exactly how much could change in just a matter of days. Donald Trump’s position, as seen from the Hill: “He has his role. We have ours. There probably won’t be much intersection,” according to a GOP aide. The President will publish big promises through social media and television according to GOP aides. Tuesday, the second meeting with GOP senators, was described as a good meeting In which the President mainly listened and talked about promises that needed to be made, as well as money that needed to be put into the bill. Three GOP senators came out strongly opposing the need to draft a bill after McConnell delayed the vote and pledged changes. The reality of the situation is that the dynamics haven’t truly changed.