Congressional Budget Office
Commentary: A president's budget reflects his vision for America. From that perspective, President Donald Trump's vision is stark, with the most affluent individuals and powerful corporations accumulating more wealth — and wielding more power.
Updated: Catholic health advocates who fought the Graham-Cassidy bill are hoping members of Congress will return to bipartisan work on improvements to the health care law.
Initial reaction from religious leaders was negative to the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Senate's health care reform measure that was unveiled June 22 in "discussion draft" form by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky.
The House passed a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act by a four-vote margin May 4. The final vote was 217-213.
Assuming that all Democrats voted against the bill — which they did — the Republicans needed to avoid having 22 of its own House members defect to the "no" camp. In the finally tally, 20 Republicans voted against the measure.
This latest GOP repeal-and-replace bill was rushed through with such speed that the Congressional Budget Office did not have time to prepare an analysis of it before the vote.