Dems split on health care provisions in budget package

2021-10-15

As President Joe Biden looks to cut more than $1 trillion from his $3.5 trillion budget package, some Democrats are pushing to include a permanent expansion of Affordable Care Act subsidies and bridging coverage gaps in states that did not broaden Medicaid eligibility. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., who leads the 95-member New Democrat Coalition, has called on party leaders to limit the package's health care provisions to the Medicaid and ACA changes and remove an expansion of Medicare benefits, but Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said the Medicare provisions are "not negotiable."

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