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2017-06-22

Secret Senate Healthcare Bill Released

Here is the full text of the 142-page draft, made public today, June 22. It was created in secret by 13 senators, all Republicans and all men, without a single hearing and without significant input from doctors, hospitals, or other healthcare industries:
https://www.budget.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/SENATEHEALTHCARE.pdf

The Republican-controlled Senate will now try to pass it into law in a few days, before senators go home from the July 4 recess and hear from their voters. If it becomes law, it will greatly affect the 20% of Americans now covered by Medicaid, and a sixth of the total U.S. economy.

For more information:

* New York Times report on the draft released today:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/22/us/politics/senate-health-care-bill.html

* Letter to Senate leaders from 10 health-industry industry executives, on how to make healthcare more efficient and effective:
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/21/us/politics/document-Medicaid-HPs-Letter-to-McConnell.html

* The Upshot's analysis of the Republican's AHCA bill (published yesterday before the Senate draft was available):
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/21/upshot/gop-health-plan-is-really-a-rollback-of-medicaid.html