On Monday, President Donald Trump expressed frustration that Republicans had talked for years about repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act but had failed to deliver now that a Republican was in the White House.
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Republicans decided Tuesday against bringing the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill to the floor for a vote, a GOP aide told Business Insider, effectively killing the party's latest push to overhaul the USA healthcare system. It also said that 17 million more people would become uninsured next year, compared to current law.
Congressional Republicans believe that Obamacare, while extending health insurance to some 20 million Americans, is a costly government intrusion into the healthcare system. John McCain's announcement on Friday that he could not support the bill, which would turn money from the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, into a state block-grant program.
"Democrats have a lot of ideas about how to improve health care", Schumer said. Republicans, who control the Senate 52-48, were finding it hard even to clear that lower hurdle. The Maine senator voted against Sen.
Though failure is already likely for the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill, participants said it remained important to publicly stand against the legislation.
Politico reports the revised Graham-Cassidy bill contains provisions steering more federal dollars to Kentucky, Alaska, and Arizona - the home states of three lawmakers threatening to derail Republicans' final push on healthcare ahead of a looming September 30 deadline.
Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley summed up the GOP political calculation in a call with reporters last week.
"If senators can adjust a funding formula over a weekend to help a single state, they could just as easily adjust that formula in the future to hurt that state", Collins said in a statement. Graham and Cassidy defended a provision in their bill that would have allowed states to choose whether to require insurers to cover people regardless of preexisting conditions.
Graham Cassidy would take money spent on Medicaid and Obamacare and distribute it to states to create their own health systems.
"The CBO's analysis on the earlier version of the bill, incomplete though it is due to time constraints, confirms that this bill will have a substantially negative impact on the number of people covered by insurance", Collins quipped. But she did offer praise to both Graham and Cassidy for their work, while highlighting the "unique challenges" Alaska faces as a sparsely populated state and the difficulty of getting real data on the effects of the Cassidy-Graham bill in such a short period of time.
"The best news is now I can go back to talking about the Kardashians", he said.