The revised Senate healthcare bill is already on the verge of imploding

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 14, 2017

Mike Lee of Utah, which allows providers to offer plans that don't comply with Obamacare requirements as long as they also offer at least one Obamacare compliant option. Lucky for members of Congress, they're exempt from the provision.

Senate Republicans released a revised draft of the Better Care and Reconciliation Act (BCRA) on Thursday, and it does not make fundamental changes from the original version.

The new bill put forth by party leadership is different in that it would allow insurers to sell low-priced, watered-down policies.

Senate Republicans who support this bill will be voting to take away health care from 22 million people and weakening coverage for everyone else, except themselves. It's unclear whether chronic dishonesty is considered a preexisting condition under the new legislation.

The new draft keeps some of Obamacare's taxes on high earners in place, and adds an additional $70 billion in funds meant to help states stabilize insurance markets, much of which would probably end up going to insurance companies.

The latest revision scraps plans to repeal two taxes on wealthy Americans that help fund Obamacare, and also drops a repeal of a tax on health insurance executives. Already, Senators Rand Paul and Susan Collins say they doubt they will support the bill.

Senator Graham of SC said it would allow governors to decide whether their states should keep the Affordable Care Act or not. Ted Cruz, (R-Texas), and Sen. "And be able to get something on the president's desk that will rescue people from a failed ObamaCare system that has markets collapsing and rates going through the roof".

Other major features of the new draft allow the use of individual health savings accounts and additional $45 billion in funding to fight the opioid addiction epidemic. The previous version only offered $2 billion.

"I will be very angry about it and a lot of people will be very upset", Trump said.

Mr. Graham said congressional Republicans could still repeal Obamacare's mandate requiring individuals to hold insurance - and its rule requiring large employers to provide it - under special budget rules that lock out Democrats.

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