Your questions on the tail end of the Senate GOP’s effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, which may reach a dramatic conclusion on Thursday.
The multi-day effort by the Senate GOP to debate Obamacare repeal and replacement may reach a conclusion on Thursday or Friday.
A lot of readers have questions. NTK Network has answers.
WHAT HAS HAPPENED SO FAR?
- Mitch McConnell earned just enough votes to support the motion to proceed (MTP) on the House’s repeal-and-replace bill, which passed this spring, on Tuesday
- The Senate rejected a modified version of McConnell’s repeal-and-replace bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), by a 43-57 vote on Tuesday
- The Senate rejected a “clean” repeal of Obamacare, with a two-year delay, on Wednesday by a 45-55 vote
- The Senate rejected two measures from vulnerable Senate Dems (Donnelly of Indiana and Casey of Pennsylvania) to send the bill back to committee
WHAT’S ON THURSDAY?
- According to Axios, McConnell’s fallback “skinny repeal” option may receive a vote on Thursday; only problem? No one knows the language or CBO score for the bill
WHAT IS “SKINNY REPEAL”?
- According to reports, “skinny repeal” would: 1) repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate, 2) repeal Obamacare’s employer mandate, 3) repeal the medical device tax
- Repealing the two mandates would lead to 15 million less people having insurance in 2026 than is projected under current law
- The combined savings of the three measures above would cut government spending by $225 billion over 10 years, according to various estimates
ARE THE VOTES THERE ON “SKINNY REPEAL”?
- Hard to say; some senators who opposed various repeal-and-replace efforts are on board (Heller, Rand Paul), while others (Capito, Lee) are skeptical
- Three GOP votes against “skinny repeal” kill the effort
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