Why Republicans Exempted Their Own Insurance From Obamacare Rollback

Utah Senator Mike Lee's tele-town hall website

Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that now included in the draft but may be changed or removed, would allow insurance providers to sell low-priced plans that do not comply with Obamacare's coverage requirements alongside those that do.

Included in the revised bill is an amendment from Sen.

Even from afar in Paris, President Donald Trump on Friday kept up the pressure on Republican senators to pass a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

"This legislation will put American health care back on a path toward more freedom, more choices and more affordability for working families", Pence said in comments from the White House. Major health care groups say healthier Americans would gravitate to those plans, leaving sicker people to share the spiraling cost of comprehensive coverage.

Today, Senate GOP leaders released an updated draft of their health care bill.

And while the revised bill's biggest sell might be the $45 billion that would go toward substance abuse treatment, some experts believe the massive cuts to Medicaid would close off other programs that treat drug addiction.

The legislation also allows people to pay for insurance with pre-tax money. Gov. John Kasich of OH, who opposed the original bill, has said that this level of federal spending on this huge problem would be "like spitting in the ocean".

The Trump Resistance is putting pressure on several so-called moderate Republican lawmakers who could join Senators Susan Collins of ME and Rand Paul of Kentucky in refusing to back the latest version of the party's healthcare bill.

The new Senate bill is meant to woo lawmakers from rival conservative and moderate Republican factions, and reassure those who fear that repealing Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act-a longstanding goal for the party-could adversely impact millions of Americans.

NBCNews reports that McConnell hopes to bring the bill to a vote after the Congressional Budget Office releases its assessment of the plan next week.

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said including the Cruz proposal would not be enough to get his support.

During a conference call Thursday, July 13, the South Dakota Republican was hopeful about Senate Republicans' second attempt at a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare. "If Sen. Paul can show me 49 other votes for his bill, then I would be all for it".

Trump said Wednesday he will be "very angry" if the Senate fails to pass the health care measure and said McConnell must "pull it off".

The Senate dropped a new version of its beleaguered health bill Thursday, tacking on a Ted Cruz proposal in order to win over conservatives like Ted Cruz.



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