Senate Republicans Could Vote On Obamacare Repeal By End of Month

Tuesday, 19 Sep, 2017

"It's more money to Republican states and takes it from Democrat states". He is asking President Donald Trump to support the legislation.

Remember that time like two months ago when Maverick McCain cast a decisive vote to defeat the heinous "skinny repeal" of the ACA, which was actually the least heinous of the GOP's healthcare plans that month, all of which would have thrown millions of Americans off insurance and made it harder for those with pre-existing conditions to get care? Letters and phone calls, demonstrators and crowds at town halls, made it clear that many Americans were aware of the stakes, and that politicians who voted to take health care away from millions would be held accountable. Republican (and sometimes Democratic) governors have always been cheerleaders for this concept, though they are generally not as willing as members of Congress or conservative activists to contemplate a compete federal abandonment of Medicaid to the states at some point down the road.

"The Senate Republican's latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act would have the exact same disastrous consequences for Virginia's families as the previous versions that they tried to ram through earlier this year".

The Congressional Budget Office is in the process of estimating the cost and coverage impact of the Graham-Cassidy bill, according to a senior Senate Republican aide.

Should consideration extend beyond September, reconciliation authority would have to be renewed in a subsequent budget resolution.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has not promised to bring the bill to the floor for a vote.

On "This Week" George Stephanopoulous asked Jonathan Karl, "We all assumed repeal and replace was dead".

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About $500 billion would be stripped from the ACA and the Medicaid program.

All of these changes would put us on a slippery slope leading to the elimination of guaranteed insurance issue, elimination of premiums that are community rated, and elimination of guaranteed benefits for mental health and substance use care. "It would impose less damaging cuts, or even raise funding initially, for states that have rejected the Medicaid expansion or enrolled few low-income residents in marketplace coverage". What happens then? The bottom line, said Jacob Leibenluft, a senior adviser at the center, is that Graham-Cassidy "punts all the problems to governors while giving them insufficient tools and resources to address them".

Someone needs to remind Murkowski that she ran for election in 2016 repeatedly vowing to repeal ObamaCare.

Not all the Senate's conservatives back the bill. The CBPP report showed that Graham-Cassidy would reduce federal funding for health coverage in both ME and Alaska and cut Medicaid overall. "Nevertheless, FreedomWorks is treating it as what is likely to be the last serious attempt to reform Obamacare".

"If you believe repealing and replacing Obamacare is a good idea, this is your best and only hope", said Graham at a press conference today. Lindsey Graham of SC and Louisiana's Bill Cassidy.

"There is tremendous flexibility for states under Cassidy-Graham, but also tremendous responsibility".