In an effort to win the support of the Republican holdouts, GOP Senate leaders came out with a revised healthcare bill Monday.
The individual mandate in the Obamacare plan that penalized Americans if they did not purchase healthcare coverage has, in some measure, been woven back into the bill.
The new provision would penalize anyone going without health coverage by implementing a six-month waiting period before a new policy would go into effect, if the applicant had been without coverage for 63 days or longer during the prior year.
Bloomberg noted that this is proving to be the toughest test as Senate majority leader for Mitch McConnell. The GOP can only afford to lose two Republican votes on the bill in order for Vice President to cast the tie-breaking vote and get it passed.
Currently, at least six Republican senators are stating they won’t vote for it, and several are still requesting a number of changes to the bill.
Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) is opposed to the current bill because of cuts to Medicaid and subsidies for individual insurance coverage.
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has said she’s “very concerned” about cuts to Medicaid as well, and opposes the cut to funding for Planned Parenthood.
Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana has voiced opposition to the bill as well.
Senators Rand Paul (KY), Ted Cruz (TX), Mike Lee (UT) and Ron Johnson (WI) have all opposed the bill as well, on the grounds that it “keeps too much of Obamacare.”
Cruz has presented a list of requested changes, including allowing “states to design coverage without needing federal waivers, allowing consumers to buy insurance across state lines, and allowing insurers that meet federal mandates to sell other plans that don’t comply,” Bloomberg reported.
The Congressional Budget Office claimed that the House version of the bill would cause 23 million Americans to lose healthcare coverage by 2026, stating that it includes $834 billion in cuts to Medicaid and $664 billion in tax cuts.
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