It all comes down to one vote.
- On Thursday, Senate Republicans released their updated version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act, and, spoiler alert: Two Republicans have already said they won’t be supporting it. [Washington Post / Sean Sullivan, Juliet Eilperin, and Kelsey Snell]
- Interestingly enough, the two senators who have said they will vote against the BCRA are on opposite sides of the political spectrum: They are Maine Sen. Susan Collins and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.
- Collins won’t vote for the bill because she disagrees with its steep cuts to Medicaid, while Paul is opposed because he doesn’t think the legislation goes far enough. [Vox / Dylan Scott]
- The two senators are a perfect illustration of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s tough balancing act on this bill from day one.
- From the beginning of the health care bill process, McConnell has been trying to please conservative and moderate members of his own party — two groups that want very different things. [NYT / Thomas Kaplan and Robert Pear]
- So he’s been trying to get a little something for everyone into the bill. For moderates who believed earlier versions were too bare-bones, there’s more money to work with in this bill because McConnell is keeping an Obama-era tax on the country’s highest earners, to the tune of about $231 billion. [Washington Post / Amber Phillips, Reuben Fischer-Baum, Kevin Schaul, and Kevin Uhrmacher]
- For conservatives, there’s a new amendment that would bring back cheap insurance plans that offer very little in the way of coverage. (For more on that, and there’s a lot more, read Sarah Kliff’s excellent explainer.) [Vox / Sarah Kliff]
- At latest count, there are seven more senators who have said they have concerns with the current version of the bill but have not given a definitive up or down vote on it. [Washington Post / Sean Sullivan, Juliet Eilperin, and Kelsey Snell]