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Conservatives wary of Senate health-care bill

Published:Thursday | July 13, 2017 | 7:00 AM
Mitch McConnell

WASHINGTON (AP):

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he's ready to unwrap his latest bill repealing much of President Barack Obama's health-care law, with wary conservatives warning yesterday that they're watching to make sure it doesn't stray from their goals.

McConnell plans to release the revised measure today, despite no visible signs that leaders have rounded up enough GOP support to win its passage.

He says the Senate will begin voting on the legislation next week in a showdown over one of the party's top priorities repealing much of Obama's health-care law.

The resurrected legislation will ease some of the initial bill's cuts in Medicaid, the health insurance programme for the poor, disabled and nursing home patients.

It is also expected to beef up health insurance subsidies for lower-income people, paid for by retaining a pair of tax boosts Obama's statute levied on higher earners to help pay for his expansion of coverage.

The Senate bill also has anti-abortion language, including blocking federal payments to Planned Parenthood, though that provision could end up being removed.