Republican Backed Healthcare Bill Hits Senate Floor

Republican senators have backed another revision of the American Health Care Act, drastically overhauling previous legislation.


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After Democrat introduced their own healthcare reform to the Senate floor earlier last week, Republicans came with their own revision of the house-passed American Health Care Act.

Entitled the Better Care and Reconciliation Act, it retains certain appeals of eliminating penalties for individual employee mandates as well as raising the amount of cash flow allotted to the program over a seven year period.

Bigger changes include riding of imposing new penalties for lapsed coverage under the caveat of state imposed decisions. Additionally, it ends Medicaid expansion as soon as 2020.

Backed by four Republican senators, the revision keeps the “Cadillac” tax in place on large-benefits plans, but gives states their own options to accept of decline ACA changes.

The bill has garnered significant support on the right, and is awaiting further discussion at hearings later in the month.

Information from this article was found on the PBS News Hour Website, available here