Senate Healthcare Bill Revised; Continues to Rely on Attacking Medicaid

Today, the revised Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), was released by the Republican leadership of the U.S. Senate. This development, along with the projected release of a Congressional Budget Office scoring of the bill, and U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell's stated determination to hold a vote on the BCRA around Thursday of next week, means that the pressure is extremely intense in Washington, DC.
 
You can review the bill itself
at this link . The Senate Budget Committee's outline for discussion of the draft is at this link . Advocates are in the process of an in depth analysis, but at first glance it seems quite clear that the bill continues to rely on a massive attack on federal Medicaid spending. It also appears to contain some carve-outs and "fig leafs" for Medicaid that may appear to fix some problems for some people, but which will ultimately fail with the reduction of Medicaid spending. You can't have a Medicaid program that...doesn't have funds.
 
As we gain more details over the next day or two, we will be able to loop back with a summary. A preliminary interpretation by Vox can be seen at this link .  Our understanding is that the Senate process will be fast so as to exclude the voices of regular people from this debate. We must not let this happen.
 
Today, and every day over the coming week, we need disability advocates to contact U.S. Senators and ask them to oppose the BCRA. Remember that the U.S. Senators from Illinois have been very outspoken about opposing the BCRA, so please be sure to encourage and thank Senator Durbin at this link and Senator Duckworth at this link for their opposition to the BCRA.  If you live OUTSIDE Illinois, please use this link to contact your U.S. Senators and ask them to oppose the BCRA.
 
People are fighting for their lives. Let's do this together.
 
Amber Smock
Director of Advocacy, Access Living