How the Senate Can Write a Better Health-Care Bill

How the Senate Can Write a Better Health-Care Bill
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The biggest political news coming out of the House's passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is that most members of the Freedom Caucus voted for it. This is legislation that extends age-adjusted, refundable tax credits to all Americans without access to employer coverage, much of which will count as new spending in the federal budget. The bill also largely retains the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) insurance regulations in the individual insurance market, despite what is being said in the press. There was a time when Freedom Caucus members would never have voted for such legislation. It seems the blowback on the caucus following the failure to pass the bill in March had a major effect on their outlook.

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