Read Senate Republicans' latest version of the health care bill
Jul 14 2017
These included how tightly to curb the growth of Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor; whether to let insurers sell low-priced policies with very limited coverage; and how much money to devote to making health care tax credits more generous.
"This [CBO] estimate is likely substantially inflated since Medicaid enrollees now pay little to no out of pocket costs and most are not subject to the individual mandate penalty", the release stated.
This follows weeks of negotiations among members as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tries to bridge the divide between conservatives and moderates in his party and reach the 50 votes he needs to pass a plan.
Shortly after the news conference, McConnell announced a two-week delay in the August recess. The two who already seem certain to vote "no" are Sen.
"We've got a long way ahead of us yet", Sen. South Dakota Republicans John Thune and Mike Rounds both said the revamped measure has a better chance of passing through their chamber. "The floor is going to be a wild place next week". It would have been legislative malpractice to recess when a consensus on replacing ObamaCare still hasn't been reached, and it doesn't say much for Mitch McConnell that he needed others to tell him this. Cuts to Medicaid anxious other senators and prompted protests against the bill.
Unsurprisingly, the revisions didn't win support from Democrats. Ted Cruz, (R-Texas), and Sen. Some plans cover more services. Cruz has said the amendment would drive down the cost of insurance for many Americans. The only way people can buy insurance outside of this period is if they have a qualifying life event, such as losing a job that provided health care, moving, getting married or having a child, among other things.
But the overall bill also contains more than $100 billion that states could give to insurers to help them contain premiums.
The WashingtonPost's David Weigel has an extraordinary report on a town-hall meeting held by GOP Sen.
"I think that's why they say you have to do health care first is because the budget impact allows other things to free up, at least on paper or philosophically, for tax reform and other things like that", Amodei said.
"The reason we can't pass a bill is because we're trying to do it in Washington, so stop it", Santorum told CNN.
It remains to be seen whether the new bill will be able to bridge the divide. "I did not promise that I would create some kind of insurance entitlement".