Speed Reads

sneak peek

The Washington Post snuck a glance at the Senate health-care bill. Here's what's in it.

The Washington Post on Wednesday caught a glimpse of Senate Republicans' under-wraps version of the American Health Care Act. The draft version of the GOP-backed health-care bill finally shed some light on what exactly is in the bill that's been negotiated behind closed doors — a question that even many Republicans still don't know the answer to.

The Senate's version of the bill "largely mirrors" the version that passed the House early last month, but there are some "significant changes," the Post reported:

While the House legislation pegged federal insurance subsidies to age, the Senate bill would link them to income as the ACA does. The Senate proposal cuts off Medicaid expansion more gradually than the House bill, but would enact deeper long-term cuts to the health-care program for low-income Americans. It also removes language restricting federally-subsidized health plans from covering abortions, which may have run afoul of complex budget rules. [The Washington Post]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who along with his aides has written the entire bill, has promised to release a draft of the legislation Thursday, ahead of a possible vote next week. The Post reported the bill is "likely to undergo more changes in order to garner the 50 votes Republicans need to pass it."

Read more at The Washington Post.