Republicans, Democrats rally for health care bill despite deep GOP divisions

Sep 10, 2021 DIGI SCRAP

The Senate is set to begin its markup of a health care plan this week and lawmakers are scrambling to come up with an agreement on a package to replace President Donald Trump’s unpopular health care law.

Here are 10 things you need to know about the Republican-led effort to get the bill through the Senate.


What is the American Health Care Act?

The bill is an overhaul of the Affordable Care Act, which was passed in 2010 with a Republican-backed overhaul of its Medicaid program.

The bill would repeal a law that created the Affordable Child Care Act and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which covered low-income families.

It also would eliminate subsidies for Medicaid and other federal benefits for people earning up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level, as well as make changes to tax credits for low- and moderate-income workers.


What are the main differences between the bill and Obamacare?

It’s a massive overhaul of Obamacare, which expanded coverage, made it easier for people to get health insurance and gave states the power to set their own health insurance plans.

It’s not a replacement for the law.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives is scheduled to begin debate on its version of the bill on Thursday.


How do the two sides compare on tax breaks?

Democrats are opposed to the tax cuts and are hoping to use the health care legislation to attack them for taking money from the wealthy.

Trump has not yet said whether he supports the idea of repealing the tax breaks.


Who are the health insurance providers covered under the plan?

The AHCA would give states greater authority to set premiums and deductibles for health insurance, as long as they follow strict requirements to set up high-risk pools.

The Senate version of AHCA also allows states to opt out of certain rules that are set to go into effect in 2020.


Will the bill raise taxes?

The Senate bill would lower the corporate tax rate to 15 percent from 35 percent and the individual tax rate from 39.6 percent to 25 percent.

But it doesn’t address the complex tax code that Congress created under the ACA, which is riddled with loopholes.


How many people are affected by the bill?

The American Health and Human Services Department estimates that the AHCA will add a total of 20 million people to the insurance rolls over the next decade.

It would also raise the share of Americans who are uninsured from 26 percent to 33 percent.


Is the bill likely to pass the Senate?

Republicans are aiming to win support from Democrats for their bill on Wednesday and will likely need Democratic support for passage in the Senate if they are to win the House.

The House is expected to vote on its own version of legislation on Thursday, which could include an even more radical version of Trump’s signature health care proposal.


Will there be an attempt to bring it to the Senate floor?

It seems likely that Republicans will be able to muster enough support to pass a bill that is more than just a replacement of the ACA.

However, the Senate will likely take a different approach than the House and may end up with a bill more conservative than the ACA and with fewer provisions to appease the far right.


Will it pass the House?

The House could pass a repeal-and-replace version of a bill if it wanted to.

But the GOP-controlled chamber could be divided along ideological lines, with some Democrats opposing the legislation.


Will Trump sign the bill into law?

It is unlikely that Trump would sign the AHA into law.

Trump is expected not to sign the legislation if it fails to pass both the House of Representative and the Senate, which would mean that he would be unable to fulfill the duties of his office.

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