GOP Health Care Bill Gets Hearing Amid Passage Doubts

Posted September 26, 2017

Republicans had pinned their last hopes on a measure by GOP Sens.

"We're going to lose two or three votes and that's the end of that", Trump said, appearing to predict defeat on the Graham-Cassidy bill.

The hearing comes as Senate Republicans pursue a last-ditch effort to pass legislation to tear down former president Barack Obama's health-care law.

According to documents obtained by The Associated Press, a new version of the measure would add $14.5 billion for states.

Mitchell Stein, an independent ME policy expert, said over the long term, "Maine and every other state would lose money by these huge funding cliffs".

A summary of the revised version also projects increases in federal Medicaid funding for Arizona and ME, compared with prior estimates. "That's the only reason we don't have it, because of John McCain".

Collins said the eleventh-hour revision "epitomizes the problems" with the GOP-only process.

GOP leaders, though, are struggling to garner the necessary votes.

He said SC had gone from having five insurance companies offering Obamacare health plans in 2014 to just one this coming year, "with a 31 percent increase [in premiums] announced Friday". And Sen. Ted Cruz, speaking in his home state of Texas, said that "right now they don't have my vote".

Sen. Rand Paul said he still opposes the GOP's most recent attempt to repeal elements of the Affordable Care Act, despite changes to the legislation over the weekend. He added that he does not think Utah Sen. Mike Lee might not support the bill, either. But states will be able to allow insurers to set prices based on a person's health or tailor benefits to discourage people with costly conditions from signing up.

The so-called Graham-Cassidy, named after Republican senators Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana who sponsor it, was the party's new hope to replace former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act. "And if this bill goes through, that's it", said Grishman.

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"John McCain never had any intention of voting for this Bill, which his Governor loves".

While funding would be up compared to the previous version of Graham-Cassidy, the new bill would still mean significantly less money for all states compared to keeping Obamacare over the long term. Susan Collins - but that temporary funding spike would be more than offset by massive cuts to health spending in 2027.

Paul said he opposes the bill because it doesn't go far enough in repealing the Affordable Care Act, by maintaining numerous taxes while redirecting the funds to states.

Because the Cassidy-Graham bill came about in a completely different way, it wasn't clear that it would have a single hearing until McCain and others began expressing concerns.

That is very little time - and even less when you remember the bill was introduced less than two weeks ago.

Roberts said he is continuing to review the current proposal and get feedback. Instead, block grants would be given to states with few strings on how the money would be spent. Supporters can only lose three Republican votes, because Democrats are expected to uniformly oppose the measure. Lisa Murkowski will swing behind the latest bill to undo "Obamacare" to save the bill in the Senate. "Simply put, the Affordable Health Care Act is not affordable". It also would take money earmarked for the law's Medicaid expansion and return it to states in the form of block grants.

Her likely opposition leaves the Republican drive to fulfill one of the party's chief campaign promises dangling by a thread.

Kentucky's Junior Senator commented on the legislation after an appearance in Louisville Monday. But true health care reform has to make medical care more accessible and affordable for everyone.