Senate leadership is finding it increasingly difficult to arrive at a consensus about repealing and replacing Obamacare, but one last-ditch proposal could be the solution that Republican senators are scrambling to find.
Republican leadership is considering a push to pass a drastically watered-down version of Obamacare repeal in order to move to negotiations with members of the House, in a final effort to make good on a seven-year campaigning point for congressional Republicans.
The measure being floated is known as the “skinny repeal,” and many believe it is the only way that Republicans can pass a bill through the Senate to send to the House for final negotiations.
The skinny repeal bill contains five key features:
- Repeals Obamacare’s Individual Mandate
- Partially Repeals Obamacare’s Employer Mandate
- Defunds Planned Parenthood For One Year
- Increases Funding For Community Health Centers
- Makes State Innovation Waivers More Flexible
Lawmakers are currently weighing three proposals: the Better Care Reconciliation Act, a bill that would institute full repeal of Obamacare without a replacement and the skinny repeal. Thus far, senators have shot down two during procedural votes Tuesday and Wednesday.
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