Thursday, July 27, 2017

McConnell Unveils Narrow Repeal Bill



Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, pulled in his sails on repealing the Affordable Care Act, and unveiled a more modest measure that would:

REPEAL THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE, which says that most Americans have to have health insurance, or pay a penalty to the Internal Revenue Service.

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REPEAL THE EMPLOYER MANDATE, which said that most large employers have to provide insurance for their workers.

PROVIDE FLEXIBILITY TO STATES, by granting waivers from state governments that do not wish to follow the Affordable Care Act’s rules, such as holding that insurance must provide essential health benefits like emergency services, mental health coverage and prescription drugs.

INCREASE HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT CONTRIBUTIONS.

REPEAL THE MEDICAL DEVICE TAX.

FUND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS.