The newest revision of the Senate Republicans health care reform was looking decent until a new provision was released. According to The Hill, the new provision requires “consumers with a break in coverage to wait six months before buying insurance.”
The provision was not in the Senate’s draft, but aides revealed that it was being worked on the entire time. The implementation will hopefully address the issues that people will only sign up when they are in need.
The Hill reports why this additional six-month provision is going to prove difficult to the Senate:
“The addition of the six-month waiting period could make it more difficult to pass the legislation if the Senate parliamentarian rules the provision violates the complex budget reconciliation rules. Republican leadership was working over the weekend to make sure the provision complies with the rules and can be included.”
The votes are already going to be difficult to get since five Republicans are against the bill, but with this recent change, it could prove near impossible. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn verified that there would be a vote during this upcoming week.
It hasn’t been unknown that people will take advantage of the system. In fact, experts have said that only sick people buying insurance would cause massive premiums. ObamaCare attempted to solve this by mandating individuals pay the penalty, but that didn’t work for several Americans.
Credit: The Hill