Senate Republicans Post ACA Change Bill Draft

Congressional Aide Drafts Healthcare Bill 

The bill will “ultimately transition away from Obamacare’s collapsing system entirely so more Americans won’t be hurt,” McConnell said Thursday on the Senate floor.

Senate Republicans Post ACA Change Bill Draft

By Allison Bell

Senate Republican leaders have posted a draft of their eagerly awaited proposal for changing the current Affordable Care Act health insurance market rules.

A copy of the draft is available here.

Senate Majority Leader Mitchell McConnell, his aides and others developed the draft in response to the American Health Care Act bill, H.R. 1628, that the House passed 217-213 in May. The drafting team has been working behind closed doors.

Drafters have tried to win support from the centrist Republican senators with the most interest in maximizing access to coverage while keeping the support of the senators allied with the Freedom Caucus arm of the party, who want to minimize the role of the federal government in the health care market.

The new, Senate draft of H.R. 1628, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 bill, weighs in at 142 pages.

Senate drafters start by replacing the entire text of the House American Health Care Act bill with their own text.

McConnell said today on the Senate floor that he expects the Congressional Budget Office to post a review of the draft next week.