On Thursday, the Senate published the revised healthcare bill titled, the Better Healthcare Reconciliation Act. It is not a complete replacement but it’s not simply a fix either. The bill is a refinement of the House bill.
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer came out Thursday with their prepared remarks on the Senate healthcare bill as soon as it was released. These two must be speed readers since they already condemned it.
Democrats would not take part in the process of writing the healthcare bill but they do like to criticize it.
Senators have a week to read the 142-page bill and offer amendments. By way of contrast, Republicans had 24 hours to read the more than 2,000+-page Obamacare bill, but were not allowed to offer amendments.
Obamacare was written in secret and Republicans were not allowed to participate in the planning. With this new bill, however, Democrats were invited to participate in the writing of the bill and they refused, to a man.
It is clear that Republicans could present a bill written under a collaboration of Jesus, Allah and Yahweh and Democrats would have rejected it. Democrats are obstructionists. They are the party of ‘no’.
The Better Healthcare Reconciliation Act can be read on this link.
We have a few takeaways from the bill after a quick reading
Varney gave a succinct synopsis earlier today.
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) June 22, 2017
The following is the quick list of items addressed in the bill.
The bill rolls back the Medicaid expansion. Medicaid will continue to increase each year but it passes ultimate responsibility to states. The rate of increase is slowed so it ends up at pre-Obamacare levels in the future. The shrinkage of Medicaid has been slowed down to give states time to prepare. It appears to slash billions that were mainly funds used ineffectively by the federal government to provide oversight.
It undoes core components of Obamacare, such as the individual mandate for consumers to purchase health insurance. Instead, it gives tax credits to people who buy insurance. The bill does not penalize people for refusing to buy insurance. In lieu of that, people are incentivized to buy it.
The mandate requiring businesses to provide healthcare is gone.
Billions in taxes were cut.
People will have more choices of plans and competition is increased.
It will stabilize the insurance markets.
The bill defunds the taxpayer funding of the abortion business – for one year.
Illegal aliens will not be included.
The subsidies for individuals remain in place but the ceiling is lowered.
It’s not a done deal. There are six Republicans not yet on board, half opposed are conservatives and half are moderates. Republicans can only lose two to pass the bill with 51 votes in the Senate. The bill appears to be more moderate than the House bill.
At the present time, Obamacare is near-collapse and something has to be done. For example, Iowa has one insurer left and the insurer wants to up their premiums by 40%. The Senate bill provides insurance companies with subsidies to keep people insured and keep companies afloat until the changes can be made.
The party of ‘no’ is going wild
Prepared demonstrations from the astroturf Democrats have begun and protesters are being carried away.
Protesters outside of McConnell’s office are being carried away after the release of the Senate healthcare bill pic.twitter.com/Gab7E2n5aP
— Zhiyan Zhong (@ZhiyanZhong) June 22, 2017
Schumer calls the bill a wolf in sheep’s clothing but what was Obamacare? We were promised lower premiums, you can keep you’re doctor, healthcare for all, choice in care, no coverage of taxpayer-funded abortion, no funding for illegal aliens, and that never happened.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 22, 2017