Senate bill more generous than Finance bill
That, at least, is the early impression of most wonks I've talked to. The subsidies hold steady or are very slightly reduced on the low end, but they become more generous than the Finance Committee's proposal as you travel up the income ladder.
There are two main reasons for this. First, the bill spends a bit more on subsidies than the Finance Committee spent. For instance, in 2019, the Senate Finance bill spent $98 billion on subsidies, while the Senate bill spends $106 billion. That doesn't sound like much in one year, but extended to the 10-year window where we normally talk about health care and it's a difference of $80 billion.
The second piece gets to that 10-year window more directly: The bill shifted implementation to 2014, as opposed to 2013, which means its money only has to stretch from 2014 to 2019, not from 2013 to 2019. That means the bill has a bit more money to play with once it does get off the ground.
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