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A look at the politics of passing the revised Senate health care bill




U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) leaves after he spoke to members of the media outside the West Wing of the White House.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) leaves after he spoke to members of the media outside the West Wing of the White House.
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The new health care bill revision released by Senate Republicans yesterday is drawing criticism from both sides of the aisle.

As reported by Reuters, the plan’s opposition from GOP leaders is largely due to its retention of taxes on the wealthy. Democrats’ longstanding disapproval remains with the proposal’s lack of health coverage. And all of this doesn’t look good for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is under the close watch of President Donald Trump who is looking for a win. Cuts to Medicaid in the proposal have been a point of concern among several senators including John McCain (R-AZ). And Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has announced an alternative plan. So what else is in the revised health care bill and what are the chances of it passing?

Guests:

Margot Sanger-Katz, health care correspondent for the New York Times; she has been following the story;  she tweets @sangerkatz

Scott Detrow, Congressional reporter for NPR; he also co-hosts the NPR Politics Podcast; he tweets @scottdetrow