Posted by 23 June 2017
After weeks of bill drafting behind closed doors, Republicans in the Senate have released their proposal to partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
The bill departs from Obamacare in some key ways:
- No government mandate to purchase health insurance.
- No government mandate on employers to provide health insurance.
- It would create a $112 billion fund to reimburse insurance companies who suffer losses.
- Medicaid would be turned into a per capita block grant.
- Funding would be frozen for Planned Parenthood.
However, the bill also keeps some key aspects of Obamacare in place:
- It retains the mandate that insurance companies allow children to remain on their parent’s insurance until age 26.
- It retains the mandates on insurance companies that they may not deny insurance to someone due to pre-existing conditions.
- It also continues the mandate that insurance companies cover certain conditions, although states could alter what is defined as an “essential health benefit.”
No Democrats have signaled that they would support this legislation. In fact, there are some questions on whether there are enough Republican votes for this bill to pass the Senate.
Do you think this health care legislation is an improvement over Obamacare? Or do you think senators should oppose these changes?