On Thursday, July 13, Senate Republicans unveiled their new proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. A couple revisions to their bill include lowering insurance costs for customers while also allowing insurers to sell low-cost, simpler policies, as well as keeping a pair of taxes on individuals with higher incomes.
Changes made to this bill were targeted at bridging the gap between conservative Republicans and moderate Republicans.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, a conservative Republican, and Main Senator Susan Collins, a moderate Republican, stated that they were not swayed by the new proposal.
Many moderate Republicans are upset by the cuts made to Medicaid, and are concerned about the individuals who will be left uninsured.
While there are already two Republicans who have stated that their vote will be “no” next week, one more defection will significantly jeopardize both the proposed bill and the Republican’s mission to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.