McConnell to unveil new Senate health care bill on Thursday


But before the revamped legislation was released Thursday afternoon, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul declared the bill almost worse than Obamacare and announced his refusal to vote for it.

Graham, in an interview Thursday morning, said it leaves health care "up to the governors", whether they'd like to keep Obamacare, tweak or replace it.

This new version of the bill leaves in place some of the Obamacare taxes on the wealthy.

On Thursday, just before a new version of the existing Senate health care bill came out, CNN reported that Sens. But moderate Republican Susan Collins, who calls the cuts to Medicaid devastating, says that's not enough to win her vote.

The estimate was provided by the White House Council of Economic Advisers, which takes issue with a widely cited report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) claiming the Republican plan would gut Medicaid.

The new BCRA also dramatically increased federal funding to address the opioid crisis from the originally proposed $2 billion to $45 billion.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, suggested on Fox & Friends, appearing on the program a short while after Paul, that his colleague's "no" vote was a "yes" vote for the last president's health care law.

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"As before, it aims to stabilize and reform the collapsing insurance markets that have left too many with no options, and it aims to make insurance more affordable and more flexible so it's something Americans actually want to buy", McConnell said.

The revised plan unveiled Thursday by McConnell now faces an uncertain future.

"It is hard to expect people to be as productive as they should be when they don't have basic health care", Leffler said.

Daines told Voices of Montana Host Jon Arneson that if the bill is going to pass, it will probably be with only Republicans voting for it, and it's not clear that every Republican senator is willing to do so at this point. He can't afford to lose any more.

According to, essential health benefits include, "doctors' services, inpatient and outpatient hospital care, prescription drug coverage, pregnancy and childbirth, mental health services, and more".

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, has opposed earlier versions of the Better Care Reconciliation Act and said he's undecided on the latest iteration.