- end the extra funding for Medicaid expansion by 2020;
- keep the Obamacare insurance regulations opt-out waiver for states;
- repealing Obamacare taxes in an "expeditious manner;" and
- defunding Planned Parenthood for one year, and prevent tax credits going to insurance plans that cover abortion.
“The current bill in the Senate, it’s pretty similar,” Davidson said. “It’s not radically different than the House bill.”
Including those changes would make the Senate bill more closely aligned to the House's health care bill that passed in May. The House bill, known as the American Health Care Act, passed along partisan lines and has been heavily criticized by Democrats.
Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, is calling his colleagues to work on a bipartisan plan to lower costs and improve care.
“This bill was written in secret by insurance CEOs and drug company lobbyists, so this important delay will give the people of Ohio more time to see how it impacts their lives,” said Brown. “But we already know it will hurt working families and raise prices on Ohioans. It hands billions of dollars in tax breaks to the very same drug companies that contributed to the opioid epidemic, while taking away Ohio’s number one tool to fight back. Instead of simply delaying a vote on a bad bill, we should be working together on a new plan to lower costs and make healthcare work better for everyone.”
Davidson said there’s “a very strong desire” to repeal and replace Obamacare, former President Barack Obama’s signature health care legislation passed in 2010, because so many people campaigned on such an action.
But Davidson said one bill won’t fix the problems the GOP say are a part of Obamacare.
“We have to really stay committed to solving this problem, not just passing this bill,” he said.