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Schumer warns against latest Obamacare repeal proposal

Schumer warns against latest Obamacare repeal proposal

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has said he will not vote for the bill, and Republicans also believe Sen.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has not promised to bring the bill to the floor for a vote.

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

According to McAuliffe, the Cassidy-Graham measure would mean higher insurance premiums, remove protection for people with pre-existing conditions and remove the requirement that insurance policies cover basic, essential medical services.

Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Republicans who opposed previous repeal efforts, have not said where they stand. If the Senate does not vote by the end of next week, it will become almost impossible to repeal the law because the drive to kill the Affordable Care Act will lose the procedural protections that allow it to pass the Senate with a simple majority, rather than the 60 votes that would otherwise be needed.

All of these changes would put us on a slippery slope leading to the elimination of guaranteed insurance issue, elimination of premiums that are community rated, and elimination of guaranteed benefits for mental health and substance use care. "It's more money to Republican states and takes it from Democrat states".




With John McCain publicly deferring to his judgment on Graham-Cassidy, Doug Ducey briefly occupied a catbird seat of great importance. The usual vehicle for proposing a gradual federal drawdown of Medicaid has been a "block grant", which offers states reduced federal funding in exchange for greater (or total) flexibility in running the program.

Republicans are scrambling to pass Graham-Cassidy before the deadline. Indeed, the residual federal fiscal commitment to Medicaid has been a touchy point even within the GOP, as evidenced by the ambivalence of Republican governors over this year's GOP efforts to make both a mandatory per capita cap and an optional block grant for Medicaid part of their Obamacare repeal-and-replace plans. It said the cuts would grow more severe in 2027, when the block grants would expire and Medicaid per capita cap cuts would notch down spending. For instance, the last Senate version of a healthcare bill would have left an estimated 22 million fewer Americans without health insurance, just one million people fewer than the House's version of the bill.

Not all the Senate's conservatives back the bill.

Graham and Cassidy would distribute federal block grant funds to the states using a complex formula that, like any such formula, creates winners and losers. Is two years enough time for states to legislate and implement? "Inaction is not an option, and I sincerely hope that Senators Graham and Cassidy have found a way to address the Obamacare crisis".

Strengthens the ability for states to waive Obamacare regulations. There's no question Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson has been gaining momentum this week, but as more reports come out on the effects of this proposal, it opens a lot of room for these Republican senators to feel the heat from their states.

Still, Republicans campaigned on the promise of repealing Obamacare, and many don't want to give up.

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