Early in June, the smart money was on the Senate’s health reform debate spilling into July. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell just didn’t have the votes. Moderates (not all of whom are all that “moderate” in general…) had deep misgivings about Medicaid spending, coverage losses and – for at least two moderate female senators – defunding of Planned Parenthood.
Conservatives wanted the repeal to cut more deeply into the Affordable Care Act and eliminate regulations and consumer protections, leaving states and the market to shape insurance coverage and affordability. Continue reading →
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The Congressional Budget Office released its analysis of the Senate’s health care plan, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), on Monday afternoon.
This came hours after Senate Republicans released a revised version of the bill that adds a provision to penalize people who let their insurance coverage lapse for an extended period. People who let their health insurance lapse for longer than 63 days but then wanted to re-enroll would have to wait six months. The CBO score does take that revision into account in its analysis.
If Senate Republicans were hoping that this week’s new CBO score of their revamped House health bill was going to make life easier for them … Not so much.
House leaders had worked hard to revise American Health Care Act when they couldn’t get the votes. But the Congressional Budget Office found that the projected impact of the amended version, which narrowly passed the House in early May, wasn’t all that different than the original.
The old bill would have led to 24 million fewer Americans having coverage in a decade. The new bill, according to CBO, would mean 23 million would not be covered. Continue reading →