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Senate Republicans unveiled their long-awaited health care overhaul proposal on Thursday. As NPR reports, the Senate bill, called the “Better Care Reconciliation Act,” would repeal major parts of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
The broad outlines of it look a lot like the House bill, the American Health Care Act, which was passed in May.
It rolls back the ACA’s Medicaid expansion — making for deep spending cuts to that program, compared to current law. The Senate bill also proposes eliminating many ACA taxes, and the employer penalties associated with the employer and individual mandates would be repealed retroactively, dating back to the start of 2016. And like the House bill, young adults up to the age of 26 could stay on their parents’ health care plans.
Indiana lawmakers have mixed reactions to the newly-released measure.
Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb says he will “thoroughly examine” the language.
“We’ll be thoughtful in our analysis of how it may affect Indiana’s programs and citizens—as well as the opportunities it may provide for us to better meet the needs of Hoosiers,” Holcolmb said in a statement. “This week, we learned two health care providers will exit the federal marketplace. Indiana isn’t alone; insurers are pulling out of Obamacare in states across the country. This underscores the need for reform, and Indiana is poised to lead the way if given the flexibility and time to tailor the best solutions to meet the needs of our people.”
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