GOP members in the Senate expressed their skepticism concerning a media report of a leak which exposed in detail contents of the bill framed by the upper chamber to substitute the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. The report published by the Washington Post cited what is colloquially termed as “discussion draft” of said future legislation.
Mostly old wine in new bottle
Sources in the Congress were cautious concerning the media report. One source even speculated that this could be false. The source hinted that the false report can be held as “weapon of mass distraction”. This sentiment was echoed by Bill Cassidy, a Republican Senator from La. Cassidy is himself a medical doctor. He had worked on the health bill. The doctor said that only seeing is believing.
The Associated Press named Congressional aides and lobbyists to report that this Senate bill will mostly retail all subsidies President Obama gave to assist millions purchase insurance. These subsidies are tagged to individual incomes and also to the premiums paid by them. The tax credits approved by the House were tagged to ages of the individuals. The Congressional Budget Office, a non-partisan outfit, said that this step would increase out-of-pocket expenses for more people who earn less.
According to Washington Post, the new bill will repeal the taxes imposed by the 2010 signed Affordable Care Act. Penalties will also be rolled back. These penalties are applicable to individuals not purchasing any coverage. The new bill will reduce the expansion of Medicaid. It will eliminate federal funding which are now provided to Planned Parenthood. States will also enjoy much more freedom and may opt out of the new bill's regulations if its administration decides to do so.
Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, met Senior aides from the White House in the Capitol to discuss the legislation's final details. McConnell, a Republican, is anticipated to unveil the discussion drafts on the morning of June 22. Republican lawmakers will be his select audience. Actual legislation is not applicable to this discussion draft.
It has also been reported by the media that the plan of the Senate will drop House bill's waivers permitting states to allow insurers increase their premiums on a few people who have pre-existing conditions. If this is done, it will be different from the plan crafted by the House. President Donald J. Trump reportedly disapproves of the House plan.