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The Depends-How-You-Define-Better Act

Does Republicans' 'Better Care' act make health care better? This GOP senator says 'it depends on how you define better.'

In an interview Friday on Fox & Friends, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) refused to say whether Senate Republicans' new health-care bill, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act, actually makes the nation's health-care system better.

Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy noted that the Senate bill, which was unveiled Thursday, "gets rid of a lot of taxes." "Ultimately it's got to be cheaper and it's got to be better," Doocy said. "Is it?"

Cassidy agreed that it was cheaper, but he wouldn't say whether it was better. "[I]t depends on how you define better," Cassidy said. "ObamaCare had bells and whistles on all of their policies."

Cassidy said that he supports the bill, which calls for deep cuts to Medicaid, the elimination of ObamaCare's individual mandate, and the creation of more tax credit options to subsidize premiums. However, he refused to commit to voting for the bill until he's read the whole thing.

GOP leaders are eyeing a vote next week, though already four Republicans have announced their opposition.

Catch Cassidy's interview on Fox & Friends below. Becca Stanek

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