WASHINGTON — Details of the highly anticipated Senate health care bill revision released Thursday shows the bill keeps in place deep cuts to Medicaid and the elimination of the current mandate requiring people to purchase insurance.
But changes designed to address concerns of both moderate and conservative Republicans who had different objections to the original bill are also in the new version, including a last-minute addition from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas to allow individuals to purchase cheaper, skimpier health plans.
That inclusion is a win for conservatives who wanted more choices for consumers. Still, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who had been working with Cruz on similar ideas, said that he was shut out of the final language and is unsure if this is something he can support at this time.
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