LTE: Don't be fooled by the Graham-Cassidy health care bill

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KODJAK: So in July, when the Senate was considering previous versions of the health care bill, McCain cast the deciding vote that killed that attempt.

The Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill proposed by Senator Lindsay Graham, a Republican from SC and Bill Cassidy, a Republican from Louisiana, is the latest Republican attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare.

McCain has complained that Republicans should have worked with Democrats in reshaping the country's $3 trillion-a-year health care system and cited uncertainty over the bill's impact on consumers. Ted Cruz expressed his opposition and Sen. He said Friday that he would vote against thew newest proposal, the Graham-Cassidy bill. "We thought we had the votes last time and we didn't", Graham said Sunday on the ABC News program "This Week".

"They could remove the block grants from it, and we can vote on what we actually on agree on", Paul said.

"We're going to do it eventually", he added. Chuck Schumer sold John McCain a bill of goods. Sad.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office said he "intends" to bring the Graham-Cassidy bill to the floor this week, but it's not known whether that would still happen if it's known to fail. Lindsey Graham of SC would have unraveled the central elements of Obama's law, including the requirement for Americans to carry health insurance or pay fines, and offered block grants to states to design their own systems with less federal control.

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"We should not be content to pass health care legislation on a party-line basis, as Democrats did when they rammed Obamacare through Congress in 2009".

In defense of the bill, Senator Cassidy implied that states will be able to increase their health care spending because it will take the money from the federal government and give it "back to the states to make sure that those who have needs, are able to have their needs addressed". Instead, the specter of September 30th budget reconciliation deadline has hung over this entire process. And only two Republicans can vote against it and still have it pass. And as in July, when Arizona Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, was one of three "no" votes in the contentious 49-51 vote on the skinny repeal. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Senator Susan Collins, a moderate, complained it undermined the Medicaid program for the poor and weakened consumer protections.

Collins also said that senators are continuing to change the bill as they lobby to keep it from failing and that those changes could make it hard for the Congressional Budget Office to provide a full analysis. People with disabilities or chronic diseases, people who have had cancer, and parents of children born with health problems like late-night host Jimmy Kimmel say that could make insurance unaffordable. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. On Tuesday Kimmel tweeted a photo of his smiling baby son and wrote, "Thanks to all who stood up and spoke out from this happy guy and his less-fortunate friends #GoodbyeGrahamCassidy". The bill cuts Medicaid funding over time. "Save our liberty!" Dozens were pulled out and arrested as cameras captured the striking scene.

Trump claimed he was key in persuading some holdouts to back the bill last go-around. Neal quoted Trump as saying, "You get a better deal if it's bipartisan". But even under the optimistic assumption that Republicans will pass tax legislation in the coming months, Graham's timeline would put the next health care debate into the 2018 congressional campaign season, and that would be unlikely to improve the bill's chances. As far back as April, insurers were anxious that they wouldn't have enough time to set rates for 2018.

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