The latest version of the Senate Obamacare repeal bill is set to be unveiled on Thursday, and it looks like Republicans are even further away from 50 votes than they were before the July 4 recess. This essentially allows insurance companies to offer cheaper plans that don't have all the bells and whistles necessitated under the Affordable Care Act. Changes include holding down insurance costs and keeping taxes on the wealthy that the previous version eliminated, according to the New York Times.
With at least a dozen Republicans opposing or challenging parts of McConnell's bill, the leader has been working on revisions aimed at bringing more GOP senators on board.
"This Republican revision is eyeliner on a pig", said Sen Richard Blumenthal. "The floor is going to be a wild place next week".
Some of the more moderate Republican senators are anxious that the bill cuts government subsidies too much, particularly for older Americans.
"The Republican plan doesn't fix Obamacare".
Unsurprisingly, the revisions didn't win support from Democrats. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Mike Lee, R-Utah, that would allow the sale of deregulated insurance plans as long as Obamacare-compliant plans are also still sold. Some plans cover more services. But it appeared in the legislative text in brackets, meaning specific language was still being composed. He hadn't seen or agreed to it so he was "withholding judgement".
The bill slashes Medicaid funding for the states, which would cost CT billions of dollars a year.
The majority leader told reporters at the Capitol he expects the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to release its assessment of the legislation next week. That's because a number of GOP senators aren't on board with the current plan.
"I have told them that splitting the bills could possibly get what they want in the sense that conservatives could vote for a clean repeal and the remaining big government spending items would be put on a bill that they could work with Democrats on". "That's not the conversation I want to be having every time I go to HEB", Farenthold says.