Irresponsible to pass Graham-Cassidy ACA repeal bill

Sep 21, 2017, 00:40
Irresponsible to pass Graham-Cassidy ACA repeal bill

On Tuesday, asked by The Intercept about the status of his legislation, he said that the bill's cosponsors, Sens.

Most Senate Republicans are still trying to figure out what's in the Graham-Cassidy bill.

Hogan said parts of the law that work need to be kept and parts that don't work need to be improved - all in a way that protects Marylanders' coverage and stops rates from continually skyrocketing.

It is unclear if the GOP will have the needed 50 votes in the Senate before the deadline to pass the bill. On repealing Obamacare, Republicans are testing it one more time.

Bill Cassidy defended his health care bill Wednesday after late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel accused the Louisiana Republican of lying to him about it, heightening the tension around the last-ditch GOP effort to make good on years of promises to repeal "Obamacare". "Two weeks ago, I'd have said zero [chance it'll pass], but now I'm anxious". However, in many states like MA, which has expanded health care coverage the most since the ACA's implementation, the bill would mean deep cuts. After the speech went viral, Cassidy appeared on CNN where he said any new health care bill would have to pass "the Jimmy Kimmel Test", ensuring various protections, such as bans on lifetime caps and rate hikes due to pre-existing conditions.

"I never imagined I would get involved in something like this", Kimmel said. Due to a ruling by the Senate parliamentarian, Senate Republicans have only until September 30 to use the procedure.

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This new data comes just a week after Sanders, supported by 16 Senate Democrats, introduced a bill that would guarantee healthcare for all Americans by expanding the Medicare program to every US resident.

Cassidy might have President Donald Trump on his side - "Money direct to States!"

Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and John McCain of Arizona, the three Republicans whose "no" votes killed previous iterations of the Senate healthcare bill. Medicaid was expanded in IL under Obamacare.

The irony, of course, is that the Graham-Cassidy repeal effort is pitched as giving more power to states.

"I don't know what happened to Bill Cassidy, but when he was on this publicity tour he listed his demands for a health care bill very clearly".

Few details are known about the bill's impact. Because the bill redistributes all of Obamacare's spending nationwide, states that expanded Medicaid under Obamacare like California and NY would get less than they would under the Obamacare status quo, but non-expansion states like Virginia and Wisconsin would get more.

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