Graham-Cassidy bill GOP's last-ditch effort to repeal ACA
- Author: Leroy Wright Sep 14, 2017,
Sep 14, 2017, 18:47
It's left Republicans, who have spent the greater part of this legislative year attempting and failing to find a replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act, with yet another challenge: a Democratic party that is increasingly close to declaring a monumental leftward shift in its health care ideals. And lately, people like former Trump adviser Steve Bannon and liberal Sen. Dems press Trump on ObamaCare outreach funds MORE (R-Nev.) argued at a press conference that their party should not give up on repealing the health law. The individual mandate to buy insurance would be repealed and states would be given broad powers to repeal whatever Obamacare rules they like, though it would require protections for people with pre-existing conditions to stay in place. "Everything else has failed except this approach". After the September 30 deadline for reconciliation, any attempt to pass a repeal will be vulnerable to filibuster, and will therefore need 60 votes to pass. But he suggested that most people would come out ahead since they would not have to pay private insurance costs.
For one thing, the bill, H.R. 1628, would rely on block grants.
Eliminating the enhanced federal match provided under the ACA for Medicaid expansion, capping and cutting the federal contribution to Medicaid, replacing guaranteed federal funding with optional block grants, and allowing states to impose work requirements under Medicaid that would cause millions of the most vulnerable to lose coverage. The radically different visions for the future of American health care highlight the dwindling support for Obamacare and set up what could be a front-burner issue in next year's midterm elections. The proposal would end the Medicaid expansion that occurred under Obamacare. Photos of protesters being dragged from their wheelchairs while shouting, "No cuts to Medicaid" made the rounds on social media and traditional media and shocked the country.
Although, if the administration tries to do away with the medical device tax, they would likely find support from Democrats, Republicans and the medical industry, which has lobbied against the tax for years.
"The American people want to know what we are going to do to fix a dysfunctional healthcare system which costs us twice as much per person as any other country and yet leaves 28 million people uninsured, and even more underinsured", Sanders declared.
The timing is of the announcement is particularly notable..
The bill, which is co-sponsored by Nevada Sen.
While the final whistle hasn't blown, it seems pretty clear that two big winners have emerged from the Republicans' defeat: Bernie Sanders and his vision of Medicare for all, and - if stock prices are an accurate gauge - the health insurance industry.
But it is Warren and other senators gathered at the event who would inflict the fatal blow on Obamacare if they get their way.
Calling the American health care system broken, Wood said a single-payer system would prevent American families from having to make such impossible choices.
Democrats have grown increasingly energized with Sanders's single-payer proposal he is planning to announce Wednesday.
Graham goaded his Republican colleagues to not "let the health-care debate die", as he warned that a single-payer system would be "inevitable" if Republicans fail to undo ObamaCare.
Official numbers are not yet known because the Congressional Budget Office has yet to score the bill sponsored by Sens.