Summary of bill
Summary is 27 pages.
NPR's insertion of the doc is annoying, so instead use the link AT RIGHT HAND SIDE to download the pdf.ACTUAL BILL
, 147 pages (I think). Again, use the RIGHT LINK to download the pdf, as the online post by NPR of it, is blehhhttps://apps.npr.org/documents/document.html?id=3894050-Revised-Senate-Health-Care-Bill-7-13-17
Official CBO link which uses 'here' as links to the official Senate texts (there are actually 2 revisions, the earlier one being June 26):https://www.budget.senate.gov/bettercare
The Summary in its link, allows conversion to text and hence to voice, so I used Firefox Text2Speech to convert it, at the end of this post. Total time is over 2 hours.
If you prefer online links outside the forum, these are the mp3 copies:http://www.brainout.net/downloads/wma/BCRARevisionSummaryText2Speech.mp3
UPSHOT: Not much different, removes FSA deduction limits, allows HSAs to use that money for premiums, not just actual expenses (a good help), retains and slightly expands the ways insurers can offer cheaper plans, cuts only SOME of the red tape against the states. Sadly, the taxes allegedly against 'the rich' were partly reinstated. Since the buyer always pays the SELLER's tax (look at your own paycheck for proof), YOU end up paying more vs had the taxes been removed.
Will report more later. Just know that both lefties and righties LIE about the bill, so you MUST read it yourself.
All those section numbers are to #ACA and IRC Code Sections; so unless you can discern what's being changed just by hearing the text, you'll need to google or download the Acts or Code Sections being addressed. It's tedious, sorry. This is why lawyers get the big bucks.
If you want to know my position on this, I'm against it. ACA should just flat-out be repealed. The reason your healthcare costs so much, is GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT. Medicaid, Medicare, all Federal health programs should never have been started in the first place. Then costs would dramatically halve or even less. Why? Because at least 20% of the costs you pay are for the RED TAPE of Govt oversight. Another 30% is for the built-in TAXES, same as your paycheck. Your employer effectively pays your taxes, so guess what you're doing when you buy something? You're paying for the taxes of everyone involved in making whatever you buy. So in healthcare, if the others' TAXES weren't there -- i.e., no more income tax but instead only sales tax YOU pay as YOU use whatever -- then what are you paying? A LOT LESS.
But government wants control over your life. So it won't make the real changes needed to reduce healthcare costs, and the Dems will ALWAYS LIE about that. GOP is now learning to lie, too. Pox on both parties, sorry.