Monday evening, the House Republicans finally released their "secret" plan to repeal key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, seriously rolling back Medicaid, and keeping a few of the popular provisions.
The plan, called The American Health Care Act, was released without any scoring from the Congressional Budget Office as to how much the plan will cost, how it will be funded, or how many people will either retain or be able to acquire coverage.
While we don't have all the details yet, we do know a few things. For instance, Medicaid Expansion will continue until Jan. 1st, 2020, instead of being ended immediately as was proposed in earlier versions of the bill. And despite not having CBO figures, it's clear that the replacement plan benefits people who are healthy and high-income, and disadvantages those who are sicker and lower-income.
Another thing we know: Republicans in both houses of Congress are still very divided over elements of the bill, Assuming there will be no support from Democrats, they can’t lose more than two GOP votes in the Senate and 22 in the House. Four GOP Senators came out against the plan before it was even released.
Numerous news sources have issued some brief analyses and summaries of the bill, and there will certainly be more in the coming days, so check back here for updates. Here are just some of the current analyses:
A meeting to markup the bill in the Ways and Means Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, March 8 at 10:30 a.m. ET, but they won't have CBO scores by then. You'll be able to live stream it here.