- 1 year ago
The health insurance plan put out by Senate Republicans last week is called the Better Care Reconciliation Act. Most Republicans that we've heard from over the past four days believe it will be better for the nation than the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. Republicans have been promising to repeal Obamacare since it was enacted in 2010. They were critical of the mandate that everyone must have insurance, the rising premiums and the limited choices for health insurance as insurers pulled out of the marketplace.
However, the new plan asks low and middle-income Americans to pay significantly more for coverage and many argue the coverage won't be as good. It also would phase out the federal expansion of the Medicaid program that was designed to provide insurance to those with low incomes.
States that expanded Medicaid, like Pennsylvania, are not receiving the Senate plan well.
WITF's Transforming Health reporter Ben Allen appears on Monday's Smart Talk to dissect the new plan and what it