The Skinny Healthcare Bill in Bulletpoints
By: Kayla Pasacreta
Every day, you probably see headlines about a new bill proposal or vote for an Obamacare replacement. If you're anything like us, it's easy to wonder WTF is going on.
On Tuesday, GOP senators voted to proceed discussions on repealing Obamacare. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has now been in contact with GOP Senators, to try to get the Senate to pass the 'skinny repeal bill'. The goal is for the bill to pass in the Senate, and then a vote will proceed in the House.
The American Medcal Association blasted the skinny repeal bill, describing it as a "toxic prescription that would make matters worse."
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, photo via Chicago Tribune
Here's the bill in bullet points:
- Has $800 billion worth of Medicaid cuts
- Cuts Planned Parenthood funding for a year
- Repeal's Obamacare's individual mandate (this mandate required citizens to have healthcare, or pay a price)
- 16 million Americans will lose healthcare coverage
- Repeals penalties for companies that don't offer affordable insurance for employees
- Children can stay on their parent's plan until the age of 26
Republicans have already encountered much criticism and in-party fighting for the provisions in their multiple healthcare proposals. The bill was written over a GOP luncheon today, and released at 10pm. Many people are balking at the fact that the new bill proposal was rushed in one day and released late at night, and a vote is being held just two hours after the unveiling of the bill. This means constituents won't even have the chance to call their lawmakers to voice their approval or disapproval of the bill.
The bill, which is highly controversial, has met the critiques of Senator John McCain, Senator Lindsey Graham, and Senator Ron Johnson. The senators worry that the bill has too many fatal flaws, but Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has insisted that the bill, if voted on its current form, will change, but only after the senators vote 'yes' on the bill. Many are scratching their heads at why lawmakers should be asked to vote on a bill that isn't fully ready.
Senator Graham called the bill a "disaster" and a "fraud" on Thursday afternoon, but still said he would vote for the bill on Thursday night. Many Republicans are feeling pressure to not break with their party on the vote.
The reason why? Republicans can't keep affording back-to-back losses with repealing healthcare, when it was a major campaign promise made by Trump.