LIVE STREAM: Senate Majority Leader McConnell unveils GOP health care plan
Mitch McConnell discusses new health care law proposal at around 11:00 a.m.
WASHINGTON – Senate floor as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell discusses new health care law proposal at around 11:00 a.m.
The closely guarded health care bill written entirely behind closed doors will finally become public on Thursday in a do-or-die moment for the Republican Party's winding efforts to repeal Obamacare.
The unveiling of the legislation will mark the first time that the majority of the Senate GOP conference gets a comprehensive look at the health care proposal. With Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pressing ahead for a vote next week, senators are likely to have only a handful of days to decide whether to support or vote against the bill.
A draft circulating late Wednesday shows the Senate legislation would still make major changes to the nation's health care system, drastically cut back on federal support of Medicaid, and eliminate Obamacare's taxes on the wealthy, insurers and others. The Senate plan however would keep Obamacare's subsidies to help people pay for individual coverage.
McConnell's decision to keep the details tightly under wraps was intentional and aimed at winning over his colleagues out of the public spotlight, but the secretive process has infuriated Democrats -- and aggravated plenty of Republicans, too.
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