Debate is raging after Senate Republicans revealed their healthcare plan aimed at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. The bill ends Obamacare’s penalties for people who don’t buy insurance and decreases an expansion of Medicaid. Democratic Senator Al Franken says its a bad bill adding it’s “hurting kids, it’s hurting the disabled, it’s hurting the elderly. More than 50% of our nursing home care is paid by medicaid, so there is reason to call this bill ‘cruel’.”
Franken says after being crafted by Republican males behind closed doors, “as expected the bill does not address the real health care issues that people are facing and would be a disaster for the economic stability and livelihood of Minnesota families.” And he says the bill is “a thinly disguised attempt to gift billions of dollars in tax breaks to the very richest few Americans.”
Unlike the recently-passed House bill, the Senate version aims to keep more protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to hold a vote on the measure before lawmakers leave at the end of next week for a July 4th recess. It’s not clear yet if Republicans have enough votes to pass the bill.