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GOP Unveils Tweaked Health Care Bill In Its Attempt To Woo Reluctant Senators

Here's a look at some of the overall changes that were made between the two drafts.

The Associated Press: Revised GOP Health Bill Stresses Bare-Bones Private Coverage
The latest changes to the Senate Republican health care bill are geared to increasing access to bare-bones private insurance. There's also an additional $45 billion to help states confronting the opioid epidemic. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., would keep in place Medicaid cuts that GOP governors and Senate moderates have objected to. No Democrats are supporting the plan. (Alonso-Zaldivar, 7/13)

Los Angeles Times: Divided Senate Republicans Unveil New Version Of Obamacare Repeal Bill
The bill would earmark an additional $70 billion in federal money to help stabilize health insurance markets across the country, funded in part by preserving two Obamacare taxes on wealthy Americans that the previous GOP legislation eliminated. And in an effort to woo several GOP senators from states dependent on Medicaid to address the opioid crisis, McConnell earmarked an additional $45 billion in the bill to confront the epidemic. (Mascaro and Levey, 7/13)

Bloomberg: New GOP Health Bill Leaves Big Problem Untouched: Patient Costs 
Republican senators’ latest effort to repeal and replace Obamacare still fails to address a key complaint about the 2010 health law: Patients are using too much of their own money to pay for care. The bill, rolled out anew on Thursday after a raft of Republican defections threatened to sink the original legislation, faces a tough path to becoming law. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants a vote next week, but two GOP lawmakers immediately rejected the revised plan, and losing the support of a third Republican could doom the measure. The Congressional Budget Office will release a score of the rewritten legislation as soon as Monday. (Tracer and Edney, 7/14)

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