Senate to Vote on Obamacare Replacement

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Repealing Obamacare was a campaign promise of conservative politicians, however, it doesn’t look as though that will happen. The House came up with its version of a replacement, but it did not address skyrocketing costs and high premiums, and was voted down.

This week, the Senate may vote on their own version of healthcare, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). It is not a repeal of Obamacare, but the Heritage Foundation, a conservative advisory group, says this plan “better than the status quo,” and suggests it is worthy of passage. Here’s why:

  • Reduces insurance premiums
  • Promotes access to insurance in the short run
  • Cuts taxes
  • Significantly reforms Medicaid to target those most in need
  • Gives states the ability to opt out of certain parts
  • Allows waivers for conservative, free-market ideas and gives states enormous latitude
  • Repeals nearly $1 trillion in Obamacare taxes
  • Partially ends federal funding of Planned Parenthood for one year

Changes are still being made, and conservative senators like Ted Cruz and others are working to interject more consumer choice and state flexibility. However, Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) are trying to protect Planned Parenthood, and Dean Heller (R-NV) wants to expand Medicaid.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has “scored” the bill and estimates it will reduce the deficit by $321 billion from 2017 to 2026. It predicts spending will be reduced by $1 trillion and revenues will be reduced by $701 billion. The savings come from reducing spending on Medicaid and eliminating Obamacare’s subsidies. Unfortunately, the CBO does not have a sterling record for accuracy.

Why this Matters: This will likely be the final week of debate and Senators can propose amendments to improve this bill. There are five hold-outs (including Ted Cruz and Rand Paul) who may be persuaded to vote “yes” if the right amendments are offered.

How to Pray: for God to guide conservative Senators on how to amend this bill. Pray that the result will be a good healthcare program.

Prov. 14:34 – Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

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