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Senate anticipates seeing revised health care bill today

Senate anticipates seeing revised health care bill today

Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and Tim Scott of SC all publicly said Thursday they hadn't decided whether to back McConnell's reworked bill.

Senate Republicans have released the latest version of their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, but it comes amid deep divisions. The updated legislation would keep the 3.8 percent investment income tax and and 0.9 payroll tax on individuals making over $200,000 and families making over $250,000 per year.

Sen. Rob Portman released a statement Thursday after Republicans unveiled the newest health care bill up for debate in the Senate, saying he would "review the text" of the bill just like he "did the last version".

One option under consideration is an amendment by Senator Ted Cruz that would allow insurers to offer cheaper plans that do not cover numerous health services required under current law. Senators who vote for this bill will send a simple message to their constituents: Get sick, and you are on your own. He hopes to bring it to a vote next week, having already pulled back from a vote before the July 4th recess and canceling part of the August recess to focus on health care.

In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network he said he did not want to consider what would happen if Republicans don't pass healthcare reform. She has also expressed opposition to the cuts to Medicaid and a freeze in funds for Planned Parenthood, neither of which changed from the original version.

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Trump called out the GOP-led Senate and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in particular.

A vote on a motion to proceed on the revised bill is expected by the end of next week.

Republicans can only afford to lose two votes on the measure. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky.

"I don't know that this is better than ObamaCare", he responded, adding that the "fundamental flaw" of the Affordable Care Act would remain in place. "The aide said it was included to ensure that the bill hewed to the chamber's strict reconciliation rules that limit the policies this health bill can include". But for people who would like to purchase plans that cover the essential health benefits mandated by the Affordable Care Act, including mental health coverage, addiction treatment, maternity care and prescription drug coverage, costs could go way up.


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