Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, center, walks to his office at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, June 22, 2017. Senate Republican leaders will unveil a closely held plan to replace Obamacare on Thursday that includes a longer transition period than a House passed bill, though thereÕs no indication they have enough support for it to pass in a vote that could come as early as next week. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg[/caption]Senate leaders released a slightly revised version of their health-care bill Monday as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tries to win over enough holdouts to pass the measure, with at least six Republicans signaling opposition.
The most significant change is the inclusion of a new provision to encourage Americans to maintain continuous health-care coverage that would replace Obamacare’s individual mandate. The new provision would impose a six-month waiting period before new insurance goes into effect for anyone who had a break in coverage lasting 63 days or longer in the prior year. It would take effect beginning in 2019.
A number of Republican senators are still demanding a variety of changes in what is shaping up as McConnell’s toughest test as Senate majority leader.
McConnell can only afford two defections and still pass his Obamacare repeal legislation, but Republicans only saw McConnell’s draft bill for the first time Thursday. With both moderates and conservatives expressing deep concern about McConnell’s “discussion draft,” he faces a narrow path to passage.
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