July 17, 2017

7-17-2017 Health Care balancing Act Nuggets….|Vox|

It all comes down to one vote.

[Politico / Burgess Everett and Jennifer Haberkorn]

  • 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]


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