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Republicans Making One Last Push to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

Republicans Making One Last Push to Repeal and Replace Obamacareā€

John McCain (R-AZ) voted down the bill in a shocking late-night vote, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has said it's time to "move on". McConnell plans to take the temperature of his leadership team and his entire conference over the next few days.

For the Cassidy-Graham bill, named after Republican Senators Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Lindsay Graham of SC, senators will have to vote before they even have numbers from the CBO.

As in the presidential election, we start from a baseline of extreme tribalism, in which 48 or 49 Republican senators will vote for anything, no matter how very bad, that bears their party's seal of approval.

Cassidy has sorta, kinda, maybe won over Sen. If McCain decides to vote "yes", that leaves the GOP one vote short.

"Why did - why did Obamacare fail?" "Obamacare was rammed through with Democrats' votes only", he said on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday. "That's not the way to do it". In May 2016, for example, she said on the Senate floor that "I have consistently supported full repeal of the ACA and have voted to do so on several occasions". "No thanks." Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., is chief co-sponsor. "As he has said before, Sen".

McCain, who was diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer this summer, is struggling on a number of fronts: He wants to support his close friend, Graham, but he wants to be true to his pledge to reject any major legislative push that does not go through the standard legislative process featuring committee hearings and a full cost analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who voted for the failed "skinny repeal" bill in July. Indeed, some non-expansion states will get quite a short-term windfall (the kind most governors care about), before a decline in block-grant funding and then the overall Medicaid per capita cap that Graham-Cassidy borrowed from earlier GOP proposals kick in, making life hard for all states. Once Republican governors wake up to the possibility of this bill becoming law, their reaction could be influential.

On the other side, Cassidy and Graham's bill would once again look to repeal and replace Obamacare. Republicans expect Sen. Susan Collins of ME to vote against it, and Sen.

He may not like how the bill is funded through maintaining the current health law's taxes on the wealthy, which Republicans have routinely criticized. It would let states ease coverage requirements under that 2010 law, end Obama's mandates that most Americans buy insurance and that companies offer coverage to workers, and cut and reshape Medicaid. States would have flexibility to determine whether to cover costs associated with some conditions, and older persons could end up paying up to five times as much as at present for health insurance. This, too, has been a point of contention among some moderate Republicans.

Graham's bill is the latest attempt by Republicans in Congress to quietly repeal and replace the ACA, after Senate Republicans designed their first attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare during the Trump era entirely behind closed doors. And states could "devise their own coverage programs". "Bernie-Care is full-blown single-payer socialism".

As Sanders made clear, the Graham-Cassidy Bill is as draconian as previous repeal-and-replace bills.

You wouldn't exactly pick up on all these obstacles from talking to Cassidy. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer went further, saying the partisan measure threatened the spirit of cooperation between President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders embodied in a recent budget deal and progress on immigration.

Graham and two other important Republicans - Sens. Susan Collins (R-M.E.) and Sen.

McMaster, an early Trump supporter during the 2016 presidential election, would not indicate on Monday if he will endorse the bill before the September 30 deadline.

"I can think of 1.6 billion reasons why Governor Ducey is flat-out wrong, and that is just the damage to our Arizona health care system in dollar figures", Farley said in a statement.

"There's an old carpenter's rule that says you measure twice, cut once", he said.



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