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GOP Releases Revised Health Care Bill, Democrats Scoff

As the Senate GOP met to discuss their renewed effort to repeal and replace Obamacare Thursday morning, they unveiled their revised version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.


According to The New York Times, this new bill reflects Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s effort to win over both the moderates and the conservatives in his caucus.

In a nod to his moderate wing, the new bill provides $70 billion more for subsidies to low income Americans and keeps two taxes on the wealthy that were set to be cut in the previous version of the bill.

Encouraging to conservatives is the inclusion of a version of Senator Ted Cruz’s amendment in this bill, which would allow insurers offering ACA plans to also offer cheaper, bare-bones plans.

Cruz remarked:

“I think we’re making serious progress towards coming together and unifying our conference and getting a bill that can command the support of at least 50 senators and pass into law.”

The bill would also:

  • allow people to use tax-favored health savings accounts to pay insurance premiums
  • provide $45 billion to help combat the opioid abuse crisis
  • convert Medicaid to a system of fixed payments to states
  • retain a set of Obamacare taxes, including a 3.8% surcharge on high-income earners

The bill was met with harsh reaction from Senate Democrats.

Andy Slavitt, who ran Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act under President Obama issued a thread on Twitter slamming the bill.

He added:


Senator Mitch McConnell hopes to have a vote on the bill next week. He had already postponed the Senate’s August recess to finish work on the bill. It’s unclear whether a CBO score of the revised bill would be available before a vote.

  • Todd Beeton is a digital strategist living in New York City, specializing in the use of social media tools for digital storytelling. During the 2008 election, Todd blogged about the presidential election as a front page blogger and editor for MyDD.com, a national progressive political site. For the last several years, Todd was proud to serve as digital director for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, directing her social media content and strategy over four election cycles.

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