Republican senators return to Washington next week with the challenge of winning 50 votes for a health care bill that meets their broad goals of rolling back the Affordable Care Act and cutting taxes, but that also would cause millions of people to lose their health insurance.
The bill has won lukewarm support among some conservatives as a step in the right direction. Hard-line conservatives have criticized it for not doing enough to dismantle Obamacare. And some moderate conservatives oppose parts of the bill because it would leave too many people behind.
“It’s not designed to actually improve access to care or reduce the numbers of people who are uninsured or lower co-pays or deductibles for consumers,” said IHPI member Marianne Udow-Phillips, executive director of the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation at U-M.
“That’s what consumers want. That is not what the BCRA is about,” said Udow-Phillips, a former senior vice president for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. “The BCRA is about cutting federal spending, reducing mandates and regulations, and providing tax breaks, particularly for wealthier people.”