Our First Look

Is it new and improved or simply new and revised? The latest version of the Senate healthcare bill is out and the big question now is……will Republicans find enough to support to push it through?

From Business Insider:

Senate Republican leadership released the updated version of its healthcare bill on Thursday, but continued pushback from its own conference likely puts the legislation in the same perilous position as previous iterations.

According to Fox News, ‘There is at least one Republican senator who has already said he is opposed to the new bill. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told FOX Business Thursday he did not support the stabilization fund for insurance companies.’ “I’m not willing to subsidize insurance companies. I think that’s a terrible thing to do,” he said.  “It’s crony capitalism and there has to be somebody left in Washington who doesn’t believe in crony capitalism.”

TheHill.com added:

Conservative groups have criticized the new version of the legislation for letting two major ObamaCare taxes stand.

The Club for Growth said leaving the tax rate for capital gains in place would be “a step in the wrong direction.”

So, what’s different about the new draft? Politico.com went into detail on each one of the points below. Here is the breakdown:

  • Slimmed-down benefit requirements – new
  • Opioid funding – new
  • Taxes (bill would keep some ACA taxes) – new
  • Catastrophic health plans – new
  • Health savings accounts – new
  • Traditional Medicaid – changed
  • Pre-existing conditions – changed
  • Medicaid expansion – changed
  • Insurance subsidies – changed
  • Individual mandate – eliminated 
  • Cost-sharing subsidies – eliminated 
  • Planned Parenthood funding – eliminated

As we wait to hear what Senator John McCain and Senator Jeff Flake think about the new bill, Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association President & CEO Greg Vigdor shared his thoughts in a short video statement that you can watch by clicking on the picture below.

As always, we want to hear what you think about this issue. Whether you agree or disagree, it is important to keep the lines of communication open. Generating meaningful conversations around important health issues, such as the new healthcare bill, is critical if we hope to one day reach our long-term goal of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!



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