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New GOP Health Plan Seeks Conservative Support

14 Juillet 2017

For conservatives, the bill has been tweaked to include Sen. Ted Cruz's idea for allowing insurers meeting Obamacare standards to also offer plans being described as "skimpy" or "bare bones" made it into the new draft.

Proponents of the Cruz amendment claim it expands consumer choice.

But at least nine Senate Republicans - including conservatives and moderates - have publicly opposed the original version of the bill, according to CBS News.

The reworked Senate bill also maintains the ACA's taxes on wealthy individuals, and it adds $45 billion in funding to fight the opioid crisis. The bill retains the first draft's elimination of the controversial individual mandate and steep Medicaid cuts.

With Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) also expected to vote "No", GOP leaders were quickly at the point where they can not lose any more votes on the health care bill.

GOP leaders hope to bring the latest version of the legislation to the Senate floor for a vote next week. An analysis by the non-profit Congressional Budget Office forecast that under the bill, ranks of the uninsured would swell by 22 million people by 2026 compared to current law.

A CBO score on the revised BCRA is expected early next week.

Republicans can only afford to lose two votes on the measure.

Republican senators Susan Collins of ME and Rand Paul of Kentucky are each already "no" votes, leaving no margin for error.

"If you vote "no" on this bill, it essentially is a vote for Obamacare because that's what we're going to be left with", Texas Sen.

Susan Collins (R-ME) told reporters on Thursday, there is no additional money. "Ready to work w/ GOP & Dem colleagues to fix flaws in ACA". Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is floating his own plan. His plan would redirect federal Obamacare funding - some $110 billion in 2016 - to the states via block grants.

The Affordable Care Act ensures that all FDA-approved birth control methods are covered without a copay if you have health insurance, with few exceptions.

In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network he said he did not want to consider what would happen if Republicans don't pass healthcare reform.

"I will be very angry about it" if the bill collapses, Trump said. If that preliminary procedural measure passes, there will be debate on the bill that could go on for days.

South Carolina's senior senator unveiled a proposal - co-sponsored by U.S. Sen.

New GOP Health Plan Seeks Conservative Support