It’s baaaaaaaaack--Mitch put more lipstick on the same pig and is rushing a Senate vote on the “revised” health care bill.
So what does the bill do?
Just like the last bill, it increases premiums, takes away protections from people with preexisting conditions, and cuts taxes for the rich. Insurance companies won’t have to cover things like maternity care, ambulance rides, and chemotherapy. People who get insurance from their employer could face lifetime limits on their care. And it doesn’t stop there. Ted Cruz has introduced an amendment (that the Republicans might not let the CBO even score) that lets insurance companies sell plans that discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions. Even with all that lipstick, this bill only benefits those who want to pig out at the trough.
There are two Republicans who have said they will vote against the bill, Collins (ME) and Paul (KY) Paul (who believes the bill doesn’t go far enough). What this means is that the Republicans can’t afford to lose one more senator, and several remain critical.
The first step in moving the bill forward is a “motion to proceed”. If McConnell gets 50 votes on that motion, it is likely the bill will pass.
All-of-us must kill the bill that threatens to kill Americans.
- Study up on the changes to the bill. Read this New York Times article which tracks the changes and the key Republicans’ positions.. Want more? See what healthcare experts Andy Slavitt and Topher Spiro are saying about the bill.
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