GOP Health Care Bill Needs More Votes

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has released a recent proposal to reconstruct the Affordable Care Act otherwise known as Obamacare on Thursday. McConnell spent over three weeks modifying the proposal to convince fickle lawmakers that it best idea for their objectives.

Within a few hours, it became evident that Senate leaders still did not receive the amount of votes they needed to achieve their goal of replacing former president Barack Obama’s health-care law.

This current draft of the proposal would alter many of Obamacare’s administrative requirements, which will allow insurers to offer basic policies without coverage for services like mental-health care, preventative healthcare, etc. This proposal also drives to give billions of dollars to assist lower and middle class citizens to purchase healthcare plans on the private market.

Still, this draft of the proposal severs Medicaid policies tremendously. A few Republicans have already expressed opposition to the bill, which has created hesitation on McConnell’s agenda to past the bill in the upcoming week.

The Washington Post reports Sen., John McCain stated, “The revised Senate health-care bill released today does not include the measures I have been advocating for on behalf of the people of Arizona.” Sen. McCain also added his urge to offer some modifications to the proposal.

An amended bill could institute about a $70 million fund to sponsor insurers implementing both kinds of healthcare plans. The proposal could also allow customers buying catastrophic plans to receive a tax cut, if they are considered eligible.

CNBC reports Craig Garthwaite, co-director of the Health Enterprise Management at North Western University, stated, “”Being able to pay premiums with pre-tax dollars is a good improvement, as is the change. Funding to funding for hospital that serve a large number of Medicaid and uninsured individuals…In addition, the attempt to create a set of non-compliant [health] plans invites adverse selection in a way that would be damaging, rather than stabilizing, to the individual market.”

This proposal is still being heavily amended due to the variation of opinions and ideas of the Republicans working on the bill. Nevertheless, the eventual changes that will be allotted on this bill are sure to change the system of healthcare for all American citizens.

 – Contributed by Amaya Starkey

WHUR Contributor


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