The Senate has an extremely slim window to pass the Graham-Cassidy plan, and prior attempts at repealing the ACA failed when it came down to the final few votes. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) before their September 30 deadline - and appear only a handful of votes away from pulling it off. Fifty Senators must commit to voting for Graham's legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and while outside backing can help build momentum, it's no guarantee of Senate success. "The last time we dealt with this, we told our groups to have sit-sins, and that's where we are right now - using every tactic we can think of".
The latest GOP effort has received relatively little attention, overshadowed by last week's introduction by Sen. It would end the expansion of eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, which has extended coverage to 13 million people.
The problem now is trying to convince Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell to try and bring the block grant proposal to a vote, but 46 votes are still five votes short.
Refusing to accept defeat, Graham and Cassidy have come up with yet another bill.
What the country can not afford is to go backward, which is where Sens. However we eventually arrive at universal coverage, which we must, it will be far easier to get there by building on the ACA.
Graham and Cassidy express a sense of urgency. Insurers would still have to offer insurance to anyone who applied, but states could obtain federal waivers allowing insurers to charge higher premiums to sick people or to omit some of the benefits they are now required to provide, like maternity care, mental health care or treatment for drug addiction.
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"I can't support a bill that keeps 90% of Obamacare in place", Paul tweeted.
"The Cassidy-Graham repeal and replace bill would unleash health care debates in all 50 states, with very unpredictable results".
The governor's unwillingness to give a full-throated endorsement - or for that matter, any endorsement - won't sink the effort.
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. As a gastroenterologist who was deeply involved in health policy in the House before joining the Senate in 2015, he wants to be known as the guy who led Republicans across the finish line on the Obamacare overhaul effort eluding them. The bill leaves to the states the future guarantees of insurance covering pre-existing conditions, which not all states would support, and reduces overall funds for health care, while shifting money from states that expanded Medicaid coverage to those which didn't.
States would essentially have to create a new health program between now and 2020, when the marketplaces and Medicaid expansion would be disbanded.
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