The Senate released their revised bill.
The biggest and only important news is that there is fundamentally nothing different with Medicaid. It is still being destroyed. It won’t be destroyed as quickly in Louisiana in this version as it would have in the previous versions, but Medicaid will see a 25% reduction in federal funding by 2025 and 35% reduction in annual federal funding by 2036.
Everything else is a detail. There is an Alaska pay-off for more state stabilization funds. There is a provision for Florida.
There is the Cruz amendment.
Regarding the Cruz amendment, I just can’t deal with it. It is not exasperation, it is an incomprehension as to how this amendment actually works on any level without a fractured market. Maybe that is the entire point of the amendment.
No way to have a single risk pool w/ entirely different rules, no risk adjustment. Also Senate bill allows states to waive req't entirely. https://t.co/GuCn6F7KFg
— Edwin Park (@EdwinCBPP) July 14, 2017
Fundamentally things were tweaked around the edges of a bill that will produce incredible suffering without altering that basic fact.