Senate Republicans’ draft Obamacare repeal bill will tentatively include a controversial amendment from Ted Cruz, a change aimed at building enough GOP support to open debate on the bill next week, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will unveil the bill on Thursday morning at a closed-door, GOP members-only meeting. It is also expected to maintain Obamacare’s taxes for the wealthy, include new financial support for low-income people’s insurance, allow people to pay for insurance with pre-tax money, and include billions more to fight opioid addiction, according to a summary obtained by POLITICO.
The amendment from the conservative Texas Republican could be altered or removed later, those sources said. The amendment would allow the sale of cheap, deregulated insurance plans as long as Obamacare-compliant plans are still sold.
It is not yet clear whether the inclusion of Cruz’s proposal will be enough for conservatives. Utah Sen. Mike Lee has previously advocated for the amendment with Cruz, but Cruz has been handling the lion’s share of negotiating with McConnell. Lee is not yet supportive of the latest version because he’s unaware of its content, a spokesman for Lee said.
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