The bill included the Stupak amendment, which strips all funding for abortions from the measure. Scarecrow from FireDogLakes explains while there are many good things included, there is disappointment about Stupak:
It’s like winning a huge battle, but half of your friends were killed or wounded.There is some hope that after the Senate passes their version and the bill goes into reconciliation, the amendment will be modified or dropped. Some say the Stupak amendment is a way for reps to save face with their constituents, especially in the red or pink states, and then after it gets modified they can say they tried to legislate abortion funding out of the bill.
36 million more people will be insured or become eligible for Medicaid
There will be a trillion dollars raised to help subsidize this.
There will be multiple measures to help control the costs of Medicare
We will stop subsidizing private insurers in Medicare Advantage
Closes the donut hole
Allows Medicare negotiation for drugs
Includes the seeds of a public option
Prohibits denials based on prior conditions; ends rescissions except for fraud
funds more education for doctors/nurses
Begins dozens of health prevention programs, pilots, surveys
Creates entities to evaluate and recommend better treatment, cost saving
And on and on.
It’s a massive achievement, but women, mostly poor, paid a price.
But this sort of maneuver is fraught with danger, in that we still have 39 Dems who voted against the bill even WITH Stupak included, and we gained only a SINGLE Republican. Who knows what will happen when the combined bill is sent back to committee?