WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) — Less robust than what President Joe Biden once proposed to rebuild America’s public infrastructure and family support systems, the Democratic deal on strategies for health care, climate change and deficit reduction is a Important initiative.
The nearly $740,000 million package approved in the Senate on Sunday and which will now go to the House of Representatives is full of priorities for the party. These include limiting senior citizens’ spending on prescription drugs to $2,000, helping Americans afford private health insurance, and what Democrats say is the most significant investment in history to fight change. climate, about $375,000 million during the next decade.
About half of the money raised, about $300,000 million, will go to pay the federal deficit.
All of this will, to a large extent, be covered with new taxes on companies, which include a minimum tax of 15% on large companies to ensure they can’t completely avoid paying taxes, and federal Also from savings that is expected to accrue from the shortfall. In Medicines of the Medicare System for the Elderly.
Whether the 755-page initiative called “Reducing Inflation by 2022” will significantly ease inflationary pressures is not yet known, although it is expected to provide some help with health and other costs to millions of Americans. ,
The vote was split exactly down the middle, along party lines in the Senate, with the support of all Democrats, opposition from all Republicans, and the tiebreaking vote of Vice President Kamala Harris. Voting in the House of Representatives is to be held on Friday.
Here’s a look at what’s in the final package:
Prescription Medicines at Low Prices
In meeting a longstanding goal, the measure would allow the Medicare program to negotiate prescription drug prices with drug companies, saving the federal government $288 billion over a 10-year budget window.
Those revenues will be reinvested with the goal of reducing drug spending for seniors, including a $2,000 out-of-pocket limit for seniors who obtain their drugs directly from the pharmacy.
According to the document’s summary, the funds will also be used to provide free vaccines to older adults who are not currently in some guaranteed free access.
A limit of $35 per dose of insulin will also be imposed for older adults. The provision to expand that limit on insulin to all Americans with health insurance did not meet Senate budget rules, so Republicans withdrew it from the final proposal.
Help paying for health insurance
The initiative will expand subsidies provided during the COVID-19 pandemic to help some Americans who buy health insurance on their own.
In line with previous pandemic aid, the additional aid was due to expire this year. But the package would allow assistance to be retained for three more years, which would lower insurance premiums for those who buy their own health policies.
“The Largest Investment on Climate Change in United States History”
The initiative will invest about $375 billion over the next decade to develop strategies to tackle climate change, including investments in renewable energy generation and tax exemptions for consumers who buy new or used electric vehicles.