Republicans Release ‘Skinny’ Obamacare-Repeal Bill

WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leaders released the details of their pared-down version of an Obamacare repeal late Thursday night, shortly before the full Senate was expected to vote on it — even with the outcome still unknown.

And some Republicans still have concerns about its contents and the process.

The bill, named the Health Care Freedom Act, but dubbed the “skinny” repeal, is a smaller version of what Republicans had hoped to pass, but it still contains several important new provisions. Many Republicans say they are holding their nose to vote for it just to advance the process into negotiations with the House of Representatives.

The legislation includes a repeal of the individual mandate to purchase insurance, a repeal of the employer mandate to provide insurance, the defunding of Planned Parenthood, a provision giving states more flexibility to opt out of insurance waivers, and a three-year repeal of the medical device tax. It also increases the amount that people can contribute to Health Savings Accounts.




Image: Senators Debate Health Care Bill On Capitol Hill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks through the Capitol on Thursday.