Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday offered a stark contrast between the GOP’s latest effort to repeal and replace President Donald Trump’s health care law and what he said was the Senate’s first attempt at legislation to help children.
The Senate bill, which is expected to be voted on Thursday, is “very different” than the bill McConnell has said would be the centerpiece of the House’s repeal and replacement effort, he said.
The GOP’s bill includes a number of new taxes that were not included in House Republicans’ health care plan, including a 20 percent tax on those making over $500,000, a $250,000 tax on all people making over that amount, a tax on people making more than $1 million, and a tax of up to $2,500 on the wealthy.
McConnell called the Senate plan a “new, bold” and “radical” overhaul.
It’s similar to what was proposed by Trump’s fellow Republican, House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Republicans also plan to allow parents to send their children to private, community-based schools.
But McConnell said the GOP bill does not include any kind of federal aid to states that allow Medicaid expansion under Obamacare, which Republicans have said they would like to see.