Aron-Dine noted that the waiver authority in Graham-Cassidy is similar to waivers contained in an Obamacare replacement bill passed by the House of Representatives earlier this year.
But many Democrats are not letting this get in the way of their vocal support of single payer health care. That's one reason that Obamacare hasn't been popular, but it also means that Republicans could falsely claim to have "repealed and replaced" it and most people wouldn't notice.
In the op-ed, Sanders cited a YouGov/Economist poll that found 60% of Americans wanting to "expand Medicare to provide health insurance to every American" - a number that included 46% of Republicans, 58% of independents and 75% of Democrats.
The senators say that states could opt to keep their Obamacare programs or repeal and design an entirely new system. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Dean Heller of Nevada and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, all Republicans, would take money now used to finance Medicaid expansion, subsidies for individual health insurance plans, and tax credits for middle-class customers and will #Block Grant them to the states.
"The idea that the Republican party has done its best to repeal and replace Obamacare is a joke", Graham said at Tuesday's Capitol Hill press conference. Available at the WND Superstore. From there, the House would have to pass the same bill as-is, or make changes that the Senate would again approve with 50 votes.
Graham admonished President Trump to get behind the bill.
The Sanders plan has essentially no chance of clearing the Republican-controlled Congress, and Democratic leadership has not explicitly come out in favor of the proposal. The GOP is without excuse.
Not all states would get the same amount of money as they would under Obamacare: States like California and NY would get less, but states like Virginia, Indiana, and Missouri would get more, Cassidy said. The time for results is now.
And the bill contains numerous same Medicaid funding issues that led moderate Republican Sens. Their last-ditch plan in late July, a very narrow repeal plan, got 49. Three GOP senators voted no: Sens.
Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican who rejected previous repeal attempts, recently said she has "reservations" about how the plan would affect her state.
"GCHJ repeals entire architecture of Obamacare & gives Kentucky control over its own health care".
"They have to go through the motions", the lobbyist added. So border security for DACA kids, legal status, makes plenty of sense.
"To the president, I'm all in on your agenda, pick up the phone, call governors", Graham said. Staffers tell me they're now taking the threat seriously. But for the next two weeks, we've got a live one.
Trump has applauded the Republican senators for working "toward a solution to relieve the disastrous Obamacare burden on the American people".
Many on the left are acting like Obamacare has been saved. President Donald Trump expressed his support for the renewed effort Wednesday afternoon. "They have been coming after my health care all this year", Packard said. The most pressing issue was lowering prescription drug prices - 40 percent of overall respondent said it was an "extremely important" priority.
Some members of the New Democrat Coalition are also in the House Problem Solvers Caucus, which consists of centrist GOP and Democratic lawmakers and sent its own letter Wednesday urging the Senate HELP and Finance committees to move toward a bill as a crucial September 27 deadline for insurers approaches. "Every time that I think I can finally sleep at night, they come out with another awful bill - because my Affordable Care Act policy is what's keeping me alive". Whether or not it can pass before the end of September, when the GOP's opportunity to pass the bill with only a simple majority will expire, remains up in the air.
"I'm pretty confident we'll get there on the Republican side", Mr. Cassidy said. Aides have said it would likely rely largely on income-adjusted premiums people would pay the government, ranging from zero for the poorest Americans to high levies on the rich and corporations.