New GOP health care bill keeps big Medicaid cuts

By Caitlyn Jones, Web Anchor
Last Updated: Thursday, July 13, 2017, 1:33 PM EDT

Republicans are giving health care another shot, releasing their revised bill that's meant to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Overall the new version is very similar to the last one, which the GOP couldn't get a vote on before the July 4 holiday because even several Republican senators wouldn't support it.

It still includes one of its most controversial parts — major cuts to Medicaid. But it would retain President Barack Obama's tax boosts on the wealthy and use that money to help some lower income people afford coverage.

It would also provide $45 billion to help states combat drug abuse.

Sen. Ted Cruz is also getting major input in the bill. He has added an amendment that gives insurers more flexibility.

Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy have been working on their own health care bill behind the scenes.

They say it's different than the Senate GOP bill and say it passes the "Jimmy Kimmel test," referring to the viral video of the talk show host getting emotional speaking about his newborn son's heart condition and the importance of health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

Republicans hope to get a vote on the bill next week, which could be their final shot at getting rid of Obamacare.

President Donald Trump went on "The 700 Club" on Wednesday night, saying if a bill does not pass, "I will be very angry about it and a lot of people will be very upset."

Lawmakers are already weighing in.

The Senate GOP Twitter account is pushing the bill. They posted a video of people they call "Obamacare victims," showing a woman who says "I have insurance I can't even use even when I'm really sick:" 

However, Democratic Washington U.S. Sen. Patty Murray gives the bill a thumb's down:

But Florida's Marco Rubio took to Twitter, with the U.S. Republican senator posting a series of tweets: