GOP's revised healthcare bill gets lackluster reception

The revised healthcare bill revealed Thursday by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will need more support to pass, reports The Washington Post.

Mr. McConnell revealed the revised bill after the Senate GOP's initial draft faced opposition from multiple conservative and moderate Republicans. However, the new version has also not garnered enough support thus far for the bill to pass, according to the report. At least 50 "yes" votes are needed.

Moderate GOP members worry the revised healthcare bill would make healthcare unaffordable for some middle-income Americans and cause millions of Americans to lose Medicaid coverage, while conservative Republicans on Thursday called for a more extensive dismantling of the ACA, reports The Washington Post.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, are among the GOP members currently opposed to the revised bill. However, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, supports the revised version, which includes his proposal to allow insurers to offer policies that are not compliant with minimum coverage standards as long as the insurers also offer more-comprehensive policies, according to the report.

A Congressional Budget Office score of the revised bill is forthcoming.

 

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