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The GOP's Last-Ditch Effort To Repeal ObamaCare Is Surprisingly Good

19 September 2017

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who has often painted himself as a responsible Republican who will call out President Trump for his misdeeds, appealed to Trump's nationalist base over the weekend, appearing on Breitbart News Radio to promote his bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But some of the same GOP senators who blocked various stages of earlier repeal efforts are withholding their support.

For the time being, all McMaster would say is he continues to "study" the proposal.

Despite Graham's rosy presentation, the bill would have numerous same effects as earlier attempts to repeal and replace would have, as states could raise premiums when and however they chose. Cassidy says he's certain they have 48 or 49 Republican votes for his bill.

"They're going nuts. They're going absolutely insane", Graham said. "It is his dream and that's where Democrats are going".

The good news is that for technical reasons of parliamentary procedure, Graham-Cassidy has to pass by the end of this month, or not at all. Boeing wins Air Force One design contract Senate votes down Paul's bid to revoke war authorizations MORE (R-Ky.) said he's anxious the latest attempt to repeal ObamaCare might pass, and the unintended consequences could be severe.

Conservative Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has repeatedly railed against the measure, arguing it's "Obamacare lite" and doesn't do enough to repeal key provisions of the ACA.

That timing is crucial because Republicans controlling the Senate 52-48 have only September 30 to succeed with just 50 votes.

Last week, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced a "Medicare for All" plan, arguing that the United States should join "the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee comprehensive health care to every person as a human right".

"We're crunching those numbers", he said.

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Because the measure strives to equalize Medicaid funding between states, some Republicans from Medicaid expansion states in the House could find it hard to support.

Is the Cassidy-Graham bill ideal? "Of course, block grants are much better than other ways to do things ... but again, this is a very serious question, and I'm studying it very closely". Under the Graham-Cassidy bill, he noted, a state seeking a waiver would have to describe how it intends to "maintain access to adequate and affordable health insurance coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions". As a result, it will redistribute a lot of money from the 31 expansion states to the 19 non-expansion states.

Republican senators from Medicaid expansion states, including Rob Portman of OH and Shelly Moore Capito of West Virginia, are among those who say they're still reviewing the legislation.

The most recent attempt to repeal Obamacare failed after Sen. The CBPP report showed that Graham-Cassidy would reduce federal funding for health coverage in both ME and Alaska and cut Medicaid overall.

The proposed overhaul would give power to the states through a block grant scheme.

"It's not the repeal of Obamacare that was promised", wrote FreedomWorks' legislative affairs vice president Jason Pye on Saturday.

Politico reports that McConnell said if the Graham-Cassidy bill has support from 50 of the 52 Republican senators he would bring it to the floor for a vote.

It is fairly clear that, like other GOP repeal-and-replace plans, Cassidy-Graham would cut federal payments to Medicaid and drive up the number of uninsured.

The GOP's Last-Ditch Effort To Repeal ObamaCare Is Surprisingly Good