Senate To Debate And Vote On House Approved Healthcare Bill To Overturn Obamacare

Today Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will bring a House approved Republican healthcare bill, the American Healthcare Act, that repeals and replaces Obamacare, to the Senate floor for debate and new amendments before holding a vote.

Although the Senate had 2 of their own proposed healthcare bills, Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 and the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017, that were previously scored by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), today’s bill relates to an earlier House approved healthcare bill, proposed originally on March 20, 2017, that will now be open for Senate amendments and would make key changes to Obamacare or Affordable Care Act, through the elimination of individual and employer mandates, taxes, and modifications to Medicaid, among other measures.

The House approved American Healthcare Act (AHCA) was previously scored by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and was determined to increase the number of Americans who are uninsured by 23 million in 2026 and would reduce federal deficits by $119 billion over the coming decade while cutting Medicaid by $834 billion from 2017-2026.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can only afford to lose 2 Republican votes in the Senate if he wants the bill to be approved because all Senate Democrats are opposed to Senate Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Arizona Senator John McCain, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, will be returning to Capitol Hill for today’s vote.

Yesterday the office of Senator John McCain released the following statement:

“Senator McCain looks forward to returning to the United States Senate tomorrow to continue working on important legislation, including health care reform, the National Defense Authorization Act, and new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea.”

President Trump tweeted today, “This will be a very interesting day for HealthCare.The Dems are obstructionists but the Republicans can have a great victory for the people!”

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