Senate Republicans Could Vote On Obamacare Repeal By End of Month

Senate Republicans Could Vote On Obamacare Repeal By End of Month

Will the GOP blow it again?

It would also shift money around in ways that would, on the whole, hurt states that have been trying to get health coverage to their less affluent residents. It would expand Health Savings Accounts and for the first time let those with accounts spend HSA money on insurance premiums. Our estimates is that this will be a $1.2 Billion cut to Virginia's Medicaid program.

"It would be a last-ditch attempt to repeal Obamacare before the GOP's power to pass health care legislation through a party-line vote in the Senate expires on September 30", the article states. Check out IBD University. No CBO scoring has been released, but the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities points out the bill will "eliminate the ACA core provisions for people with pre-existing conditions", eliminate the individual mandate, replace Medicaid funding with stingier block grants, and result in 32 million people losing health care coverage. The plans were overly complicated and hard to defend, but easy to attack. Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, say their drive is gaining momentum. Once Republican governors wake up to the possibility of this bill becoming law, their reaction could be influential.

"We need to return the power back to the states and patients", tweeted Bill Cassidy.

The simple fact is that all the major elements of the ACA - prohibiting discrimination by insurers based on medical history, requiring that people buy insurance even if they're now healthy, premium subsidies and Medicaid expansion that make insurance affordable even for those with lower incomes - are there because they're necessary. And it leaves many other free-market reforms off the table. This legislation, like the earlier iterations, was not created to make health care better.

"There is tremendous flexibility for states under Cassidy-Graham, but also tremendous responsibility". Graham went on Breitbart Radio this past weekend to brag about how his plan was "Bernie Sanders' worst nightmare", and to urge listeners to call their reps and badger them to hold a vote on repealing Obamacare. It would end most major provisions of Obamacare and replace them with block grants states can use to help cover lower-income residents now insured under the ACA.

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Of course, the Congressional Budget Office will no doubt say that the bill will cause 20 million or so to "lose" coverage - a prediction that Republicans should ignore since, as we've pointed out in this space, it is based on outdated numbers and ridiculous assumptions.

Heritage Action for America, which organized years of repeal rallies, echoed Paul's worry that the bill would leave the ACA's basic structure in place. Rand Paul voted yes, immediately following the defeat of his "clean" repeal 45/55, buying into the keep-the-ball-rolling rationale. That means Alaskan Sen.

Republicans who've not yet lined up behind the bill include Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins of Maine, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, John McCain of Arizona and Ohio's Rob Portman.

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

"States that expanded Medicaid access to the newly eligible population under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are particularly at risk under this latest bill", Fitch said.

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