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Senate GOP releases health care bill

142-page draft of bill to eliminate much of Obamacare

June 22, 2017 - 12:13 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBEN/AP) - Senate Republicans have released a 142-page draft of their bill to eliminate much of the Obama health care law.

The measure would cut and revamp Medicaid, the health care program for lower-income and disabled people.

It would repeal tax increases Obama's law imposed on higher-income people and medical industry companies to pay for expanded coverage. And it would end the tax penalty Obama's statute imposes on people who don't buy insurance - in effect, ending the so-called individual mandate.

President Donald Trump is expressing hope that the Senate will pass a health care plan "with heart" but it faces uniform Democratic opposition. And at least a half-dozen Republicans - both conservatives and moderates - have complained about it. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called the bill "heartless".

"The president said the house bill was mean," Schumer said on the Senate floor. "The senate bill may be meaner. The senate republican health care bill is a wolf in sheep's clothing, only this wolf has sharper teeth than the house bill."

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping to push the measure through the Senate next week. But its fate remains uncertain.

Read the bill HERE
 

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