Senate GOP fast-tracks last-ditch ACA repeal

Jerome Frank
September 19, 2017

Trump applauds senators' latest ObamaCare repeal effort Trump applauds Republican senators for latest ObamaCare repeal effort GOP senators make last ObamaCare repeal pitch MORE (R-La.) "ObamaCare lite" and said he will not support it.

But Graham has made wooing governors a centerpiece of his longshot strategy.

"Democrats in the Senate will not stop fighting to protect Americans from the Republicans' risky plan", he added. Graham and Cassidy would give each state a fixed amount of federal money for health care and health insurance each year from 2020-2026. Some Republican senators are nervous about the measure's impact on their own states, and the lack of CBO projections won't help allay their concerns. South Carolina Republicans in the House who support states' rights and hate Obamacare would likely back the bill if presented with the opportunity to vote on it.

Cassidy-Graham faces a steep climb, with some Republican senators including Rand Paul of Kentucky already vocally opposing it.

On a personal level, McMaster declining to support Graham's health care gambit could be viewed as a slight to a longtime friend.

President Donald Trump issued a statement last week calling Obamacare a "nightmare for the many Americans who have been devastated by its skyrocketing healthcare premiums and deductibles and canceled or shrinking plans".

The Graham-Cassidy bill, still a work in progress, would replace Obamacare's enhanced Medicaid reimbursements, cost-sharing reduction payments and tax credits with block grants for states that could hurt more densely populated, expansion states like MA.

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The House is unlikely to accept the bill in its current form. Lamar Alexander, a Republican, and Sen. 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.

"Graham/Cassidy keeps Obamacare and tells the states to run it", Paul tweeted, referencing the bill's two lead sponsors.

The Congressional Budget Office on Monday said it will not estimate how a new Obamacare bill will affect the number of uninsured Americans, insurance premiums and ultimately the federal deficit in coming years until after the September 30 deadline for passing that legislation.

Congressional rules could play a large role in whether the Graham-Cassidy bill passes. Without prompting, he cautioned Republicans on Sunday against the instinct to "ram through our proposal" with a party-line vote. And both chambers are not scheduled to meet later this week because of the Jewish holiday.

Assuming Republicans, desperate to fulfill a campaign promise, can rally behind the effort, they will be sending legislation to the president's desk to dramatically reshape the American health care system without much - if any - time for debate or chance to offer amendments.

The Congressional Budget Office announced Monday that it needs several weeks to do an analysis of the proposal's impact on premiums, insurance coverage or premiums. Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME also voted no on the bill. McCain, Murkowski and Sen.

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