All we know for sure about the Senate health care plan is what Republican senators have disclosed, namely that
1) It will be absolutely NOTHING like the House health care plan, and
2) It will address ALL of the concerns expressed by health care providers, Republican governors, and the millions of Americans who stood to lose coverage under the House plan, and
3) It will be a bill "with heart," per the president's express (if somewhat imprecise) instruction.
So will the final product be a BB gun? A bicycle, perhaps?
May I have the envelope, please?
Oh, look, Mom and Dad! It isn't a bicycle at all! It's a massive tax break for the wealthy! Or, more specifically, a massive repatriation of the money the Affordable Care Act had threatened to squander on people much sicker (or at least much poorer) than most Republican donors.
A SNEAK PEEK
OK, so we all knew that much. But what about the details?
Republicans are still negotiating among themselves, but we can be fairly certain that:
1) The Senate plan will in fact be very similar to the House plan, and
2) The Senate plan will address almost none of the concerns expressed by health care providers and consumers, except that a lot of Republicans want to cover treatment for opioid addiction, a national epidemic that is also the GOP's Malady of the Month. (Turns out that when Republican lawmakers objected to picking winners and losers, they weren't talking about winning and losing medical conditions.)
3) The Senate plan will demonstrate "heart" by calling for a kinder, gentler tax cut that will reduce or eliminate coverage for millions of Americans only after most current Republican lawmakers have either left Washington or secured lucrative lobbying gigs with large insurance companies.
These are only the broad outlines of the Senate plan, of course, but I wanted Free Press readers to have a running start on their Republican representatives in Congress.