"Our problem has been trying to combine tax reform with replacement of Obamacare", Cassidy said. The new proposal also offers $45 million extra in funding for the opioid crisis and $70 billion to help states reduce premiums.
The bill is a "something for everyone" measure, including a proposal from conservative ringleader Sen. "I don't think we really need a superfund for insurance companies".
What changed since the last version?McConnell has aimed to begin debate on the bill that week, Politico reports. "If Sen. Paul can show me 49 other votes for his bill, then I would be all for it".
With opposition growing, and McConnell postponing the Senate's August recess by two weeks to allow more time to bring skeptical lawmakers on board and salvage Donald Trump's top legislative priority, the president used his bully pulpit to urge fellow Republicans to rally round the effort. Walking that tightrope means appealing to party conservatives without alienating moderates.
Yet on Wednesday, before he released his bill, his fellow Republican senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul, attacked it for failing to fully repeal and replace Obamacare, which has been the Republican campaign promise since the passage of the health care law in 2010.
The revised bill grew out of the controversy over the Senate's first attempt to repeal the ACA, also known as Obamacare.
"Still deep cuts to Medicaid in the Senate bill", she noted. The revised BCRA would still roll back Medicaid expansion and impose caps on how much federal funding states would receive for the program.
The Affordable Care Act ensures that all FDA-approved birth control methods are covered without a copay if you have health insurance, with few exceptions.
Consumer advocates and health organizations noted little improvement in the revised GOP bill. Gov. John Kasich of OH, who opposed the original bill, has said that this level of federal spending on this huge problem would be "like spitting in the ocean".style="text-align: center;"