Murkowski still studying new ObamaCare repeal bill

Murkowski still studying new ObamaCare repeal bill

Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, both Republicans.

Compared with Paul, conservative groups have been fairly quiet on the bill. Under the Graham-Cassidy bill, he noted, a state seeking a waiver would have to describe how it intends to "maintain access to adequate and affordable health insurance coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions".

It would repeal ObamaCare's individual and employer mandates, and its tax on medical devices. "Obamacare was rammed through with Democrats' votes only", he said on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday.

The leaders of the latest repeal effort, Sens. Sanders said, "The immediate concern is to beat back these disastrous Republican proposals that would throw millions and millions of people off of the health insurance they have, raise premiums for older workers very substantially, cut Medicaid by hundreds of billions".

And now Graham can't even get his own state's governor, a member of his own Republican party, to go along.

As you may recall, on July 28, John McCain cast his dramatic "no" vote killing the Health Care Freedom Act, misleadingly nicknamed the "skinny repeal".

States would have sweeping new discretion over how to use the money, and they could receive federal block grant funds without putting up state money. What happens then? The bottom line, said Jacob Leibenluft, a senior adviser at the center, is that Graham-Cassidy "punts all the problems to governors while giving them insufficient tools and resources to address them".

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How much will Medicaid be cut? In Nevada, the report estimates a $257 million reduction in federal health funding by 2026. "In the short-term non-expansion states may see gains under the bill given redistribution of ACA related spending streams".

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. Nor can he get the enthusastic backing of his fellow senator Tim Scott, also a Republican, who so far has said only he likes the framework of the legislation.

SoMcMaster, facing re-election and multiple primary challengers next year, would be faced with guiding the transition into a new health care system that is likely to be controversial and take time to work out inevitable kinks - and could end up not being as beneficial to the state as proponents have sold it.

This is a welcome return to federalist principles that the GOP had forgotten when crafting their earlier ObamaCare replacement bills.

President Donald Trump has consistently railed against the need to have at least 60 votes to pass most bills in the Senate, calling for the practice to be ended on several occasions.

Graham and Cassidy say that Pence has been telephoning Republican senators and governors. After Trump failed to condone white nationalist marchers in Charlottesville, for example, Graham was one of only a few high-profile Republicans to explicitly call out the president. "Inaction is not an option, and I sincerely hope that Senators Graham and Cassidy have found a way to address the Obamacare crisis".

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