It’s the legislation that launched countless campaign promises — repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act — and in some ways Republicans have never been closer to achieving that goal. Yet the Senate Republican health care bill, written behind closed doors and released to the public late last week, faces significant challenges in getting passed. On Tuesday, a day after the Congressional Budget Office released their analysis and amid growing opposition from key Republicans, Senate leaders announced they would push back their plan to vote on the bill till after the July 4 recess.
The draft bill proposes limiting the Obamacare subsidies and phasing out the Medicaid expansion, which could mean dropping 15 million people from its rolls in the next decade. The current bill will leave an estimated total of 22 million uninsured by 2026, as well as raise insurance premiums and deductibles for some Americans — particularly the elderly. It also stands to cut the national deficit by $321 billion over a decade, according to the CBO, as well as reduce select health care premiums by 20 percent.
Who wins and who loses if this bill succeeds? Who’s backing it in Congress and just how likely is it to pass? To answer those questions, the PBS NewsHour (@newshour) was joined by political correspondent Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews), politics producer Julie Percha (@juliepercha) and politics reporter Dan Bush (@danielbush) on Twitter Thursday, June 29th at 11 a.m. Have questions for them? Tweet them using #NewsHourChats.
Here’s a recap of the chat: