Last month, the House passed the highly controversial American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA). Since then, a group of thirteen Senators have been working behind closed doors to produce the Senate’s own version of the bill. The changes are not expected to be drastic, but for those outside of the Senate working group, just how different the new bill will be is impossible to say.
The House’s version of the AHCA would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). It would get rid of tax penalties for people who go without health insurance, and cuts nearly $900 million in Medicaid spending, reducing the amount of Medicaid funding states receive for the elderly, individuals with disabilities, children, and all other adults. According to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, premiums would rise faster under the AHCA than under the Affordable Care Act, and 14 million fewer people would have coverage.
According to the National Council on Independent Living, the Senate is planning to vote before they leave for the Fourth of July. If the Senate passes its own version of the bill, any differences between the Senate and House versions would have to be reconciled and a new vote made before the final bill is sent to the President’s desk.
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