The veil of secrecy is about to lift. By the time you read these words on Thursday, Republican senators may have finally provided details on their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
The unveiling was preceded by a statement, on June 21, by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday. “We’ve watched Obamacare unravel before our very eyes with each passing year. Now it teeters on the edge of collapse, and we face a choice—allow the unsustainable Obamacare status quo to continue hurting more Americans, or take action to finally move forward,” he said on the Senate floor.
Republicans, McConnell said, are focused on: stabilizing insurance markets, which are collapsing under Obamacare; improving the affordability of health insurance, which keeps getting more expensive; and freeing Americans from mandates, which force them to buy insurance they don’t want.
“We believe we can do better than the Obamacare status quo and we fully intend to do so,” he said.
A discussion draft will be made public on June 22, McConnell promised, adding that “every member of the Senate will have it, and it will be posted online for everyone to review.”