Side-by-side: How the House and Senate tax bills would affect health care

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*Editor's note: This story was updated Dec. 18, 2017

American Health Line created the below chart to compare how key provisions of the House- and Senate-passed tax bills and the new conference committee report could affect health care and public health. The chart is intended to provide a high-level overview of the components that would directly affect health care and public health. It is not a complete overview of the bill and does not detail many broader provisions that would affect a broader swath of industries, such as the conference committee report's proposed reduction in the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%, which would have important implications for health care companies.


The House passed its tax bill in a 227-205 vote on Nov. 16, and the Senate passed its version in a 51-49 vote on Dec. 2. The conference committee formed to reconcile the differences between the bills released what is expected to be the final version of the bill on Friday afternoon.

The House is expected to vote on the bill Tuesday, and the Senate is expected to vote as soon as Tuesday. The measure reportedly has sufficient support to pass both chambers, even though Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is expected to miss the Senate's vote as he undergoes rehabilitation and physical therapy at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. McCain, who has been diagnosed with glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer, was treated for a viral infection last week at Walter Reed Medical Center.

We'll update this article as new information arises.