Draft Senate Health Bill Finally Revealed – Vote Could Take Place as Early as Next Week

On June 22, 2017, Republican Senators released a “discussion draft” of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). The draft is the first public glimpse at the Senate version of the American Health Care Act bill, which narrowly passed the House this past May with the objective of repealing and replacing certain portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Senate bill has been drafted outside the regular order, without hearings and with limited participation from much of the Republican caucus.

Despite early signals that the Senate planned to completely rewrite the House version of the bill, the circulated draft is largely a refinement rather than a wholesale redrafting. The bulk of the Senate draft closely mirrors the House version of the bill. Several changes in the Senate bill are, however, significant.

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