Republicans To Unveil Senate Health-Care Bill Today

Republicans To Unveil Senate Health Care Bill TodaySenate leaders on Wednesday began circulating a discussion draft of their proposal to replace ObamaCare a day before its scheduled formal release. The working document seeks to roll back taxes and penalties in the Affordable Care Act, cut back its Medicaid expansion, change the Obama-era health law’s subsidies, and give states more flexibility to opt out of some insurance requirements. The proposal also would cut off Planned Parenthood from federal funding. Congressional aides emphasized that the Senate GOP plan, which Democrats and most Republicans complained was drafted in total secret, would surely be changed to muster the 50 votes Republicans need to pass the legislation. With a slim majority, the GOP needs to get nearly all of its 52 senators on board, because no Democrats or independents are expected to back it.