Senate GOP's reworked health bill includes amendment for lower-premium plans

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday that he would cut the chamber's August recess in half, saying the GOP needed more time to achieve its legislative goals given the protracted negotiations over health-care legislation and continued opposition from Democrats on several fronts.

The Senate health care plan remains stalled as many Americans continue to worry about losing their health insurance.

With at least a dozen Republicans opposing or challenging parts of McConnell's bill, the leader has been working on revisions aimed at bringing more GOP senators on board.

Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) Consumer Freedom Amendment has been added to the bill, which allows insurers to offer plans that do not comply with ObamaCare requirements so long as they simultaneously leave existing plans on the individual market. Mike Lee, (R-Utah), that gives insurance companies the option of offering less expensive health care plans that do not force customers to pay for the essential health benefits Obamacare required.

McConnell last month withdrew an earlier plan after it became clear there was not enough support for it in the Republican-led Senate.

"I just don't see how we can get it all done" before the end of July, he said.

The CBO estimated that 4 million people would drop Medicaid coverage in 2018 rising to 7 million people by 2026 if the individual mandate were eliminated.

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GOP senators are already warning that failure to uphold their seven-year campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare could have reverberations with their base.

Capito, who came out against the first version of the bill, will get a look at the latest version Thursday.

"The Senate will delay the start of August recess until the third week of August", McConnell said in a statement.

As Politico reports, some Senate Republicans are pessimistic about their ability to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

About 40 percent of all voters oppose the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act, while 47 percent disapprove, the poll showed.

Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and Tim Scott of SC all publicly said Thursday they hadn't decided whether to back McConnell's reworked bill. Surprise, it turns out to be a massive $800 billion tax cut for the rich that they pretend is a health care bill.

Maine Senator Susan Collins says major changes need to be made to the current bill.

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