July 26, 2017

7-26-2017 Senate Republicans revive their Healthcare bill Nuggets…|Vox|

  • For the past few weeks, the Senate health care bill seemed finished. So many senators disliked the bill so much that four said they would not even vote for a motion to proceed with debate on it. [Vox / Dylan Scott]
  • Now, after a vote so tight that Vice President Mike Pence had to break a tie, senators have voted to begin debate. That debate continues tonight, and will include consideration of two bills that are almost certain not to pass. [Politico / Jennifer Haberkorn, Seung Min Kim, and Burgess Everett]
  • One bill is called the Better Care Reconciliation Act. It would repeal and replace Obamacare with a health plan that would severely cut Medicaid and drastically change other parts of the law. [NPR / Gisele Grayson]
  • The BCRA is the bill that Republican leaders have been working on for months, but conservatives didn’t like it because they thought it was too much like Obamacare. Meanwhile, moderates didn’t like it because they were concerned about Medicaid cuts. The bill would cause 22 million Americans to lose insurance. [Vox / Dylan Scott]
  • The other bill Republicans are considering is called the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act, a straight repeal bill that would throw 32 million people off of health insurance. [Congressional Budget Office]
  • Both bills still face extremely steep odds, including procedural hurdles and continued opposition from senators. [Washington Post / Amber Phillips]
  • There’s also the possibility that senators could entertain a third option, so-called “skinny repeal,” which would repeal some of Obamacare’s unpopular provisions like the individual mandate — but leave other things intact. [Vox / Tara Golshan]
  • The clock has already started on the health care debate; there will be 20 additional hours of debate before senators determine what exactly they’re going to vote on. [Vox / Alvin Chang]
  • To recap, Senate Republicans are taking a very short amount of time to vote on a to-be-determined bill, which could take away health insurance from millions of Americans. That’s unprecedented. [Vox / Sarah Kliff, Garet Williams, and Carly Sitrin]

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