Details of the highly anticipated Senate health care bill revision released Thursday shows the bill keeps in place deep cuts to Medicaid and the elimination of the current mandate requiring people to purchase insurance. Changes designed to address concerns of both moderate and conservative Republicans who had different objections to the original bill are also in the new version, including a last-minute addition from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas to allow individuals to purchase cheaper, skimpier health plans.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.