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US Senate to unveil health-care bill

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Health Desk-- June 22, 2017: The Republican majority in the US Senate is about to reveal a new health care bill less brutal than that proposed by the House of Representatives, according to The Washington Post.

The proposals, which stand to upend the landmark Affordable Care Act signed into law by former president Barack Obama, will be revealed Thursday.

The Post reported Wednesday, the draft legislation would dramatically roll back the US Medicaid system but reduce the impact on Americans who stood to lose the most under the House version.  

According to an estimate by the Congressional Budget Office, the bill recently passed by the House would leave 23 million more Americans without insurance, compared to the status quo, in 2026.

Republicans hold 52 out of 100 seats in the Senate and the latest bill is designed to find an agreement between the conservative wing and more moderate Republicans.

The Post reported that the Senate version would still radically alter the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," by reducing taxes created by the 2010 law, limiting the expansion of Medicaid, reconfiguring subsidies and giving states wider abilities to opt-out of regulations.

However, the Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell is scheduled to present the draft bill to Republican senators on Thursday. Debates could begin in the chamber next week, with a final vote before the end of the month.