Senate GOP face a Conundrum on Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill

Senate GOP face a Conundrum on Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill

Paul stated he could get to a yes on the bill if the bill "block [granted] at pre-Obama levels", but otherwise said that he was "just not for this block granting concept".

"It's very hard for me to envision a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill", Collins, R-Maine, said in an interview with CNN Sunday.

Cruz's potential no-vote increases the likelihood that this bout of Obamacare repeal will fail. Sen.

It appears we can strike the death knell for the last-gasp Obamacare repeal effort known as Graham-Cassidy. Paul has said he's a "no" and Collins said on CNN Sunday she finds it "very difficult" to see herself backing the bill.

Republicans hold a 52-48 majority in the Senate. But that maneuver will expire at the end of the month. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. It would repeal the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, as well as the tax credits that are provided to help people buy insurance on the individual market.

The bill would also allow states to seek federal waivers that would allow insurers to charge higher premiums to people with preexisting conditions and to omit certain benefits, like maternity and mental health care, that they are now required to provide.

McCain repeatedly stressed the need for inclusive, transparent, extensive discussion and debate, saying, "I would consider legislation similar to that offered (to the Senate now) were it the product of extensive hearings debate and amendment. But that has not been the case", McCain said.

Democrats say the numbers are misleading.

The process McCain refers to is diametrically opposed to that used by the Thai junta in writing our 20th constitution and long-term reform plan, which bodes ill for us. Bill Cassidy (La.) and Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), worked through the weekend on changes created to both bolster support on the right and win over a handful of centrists who have been balking. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, is undecided.

With party leaders just one "no" vote away from defeat, Republican senators from across the political spectrum distanced themselves from the plan written by Cassidy and Graham. He said that he and Murray hadn't been able to reach a quick deal and that he was hoping to support the Graham-Cassidy bill.

Trump, speaking at a rally Friday night in Alabama, called McCain's opposition "sad" and "a terrible, frightful thing" for the Republican Party. Bill Cassidy, R-La., Sen.

The bill blocks Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid dollars for a year, a long-standing goal for conservatives who want to punish the organization for its abortion practice, while thwarting states from using block grant dollars to fund insurance that covers the procedure.

This bill sounds nice, but it does not repeal "Obamacare". Rand Paul of Kentucky, can be persuaded to change his position. "We have put a cap on Obamacare growth to make it more sustainable, more affordable, more flexible". "I won't be bribed or bullied".

On Friday, McCain announced that he could not "in good conscience" vote for the legislation, which is opposed by patient advocates, hospitals, physician groups and a growing number of health care experts.

"I have a lot of concerns and I think it's really important that we get this right", Collins told ABC last week.

In the absence of a CBO score, due to sponsors' attempt to rush the bill through the Senate in a time frame when it needs only a simple majority - before September 30 - a study by the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy last week estimated that the Graham-Cassidy legislation would "reduce the number of people with insurance coverage by around 21 million each year during the 2020 through 2026 period". A proposal by Republicans to repeal and replace the ACA program suffered serious new setbacks within with Senator Susan Collins dug in with strong criticism of the legislation.

Friday afternoon House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a memo calling to Democrats calling for "all hands on deck".



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