Rand Paul: New GOP health care plan doesn't repeal Obamacare grants

We'll see what happens.

Unlike McCain, who expressed concern about the process of drafting Graham-Cassidy, and Collins, who publicly anxious about its impact on coverage losses and patients with pre-existing conditions, Paul has largely been frustrated that the bill doesn't go far enough in doing away with the ACA entirely.

Sen. Susan Collins - who could be a deciding vote to sink the GOP's new Obamacare repeal bill - said Sunday "it's very hard to envision a scenario" in which she'd support the proposed Graham-Cassidy legislation.

One other Republican senator - Rand Paul - is also against the party's latest bill. But the expected score may influence, or provide political cover for, senators who choose to vote no.

At a Friday night rally, President Donald Trump berated Arizona Senator #John McCain (R) for refusing to support the Cassidy-Graham health care bill that is being promoted by Trump and the GOP leadership in the Senate. According to several local reports, Cruz at an Austin festival on Sunday said the Graham-Cassidy bill doesn't include amendments he and Lee proposed to lower premiums.

Murkowski, who remains undecided, was also bestowed with a hopeful Trump tweet. I know they are acting consistently with their beliefs and sense of what is best for the country. Without his support, Republicans would need to get Sen. Republicans hold a slim 52-48 majority in the Senate.

It was the second day that the president has taken swipes at McCain. Lisa Murkowski, another key vote for the bill, Trump tweeted, "Lisa M comes through". Susan Collins has said publicly she's "leaning against" the bill and has always been expected by Senate leaders to end up opposed, with only two firm "no" votes, the effort still has life, as tenuous as it may be.

Trump, however, praised Paul on Saturday, predicting he would ultimately back an effort "for the good of the party". The bill seeks to allow the individual states to exercise more flexibility in how they handle federal health insurance by allotting block grants to those states.

Democrats like Sen. Joe Donnelly say the bill could decimate states. Money direct to States! "I can't in good conscience vote to keep all the spending".

The Brooking Institution report also has a bracing conclusion, its authors saying it "likely understates the reductions in insurance coverage", because it doesn't consider potential turmoil if states can't enact a functional health care system by 2020, when they would transition from the Affordable Care Act to the new block grants. And this isn't going to work.

Conservative groups, including those close to Paul, are in a wait-and-see mode before launching their own press of the Kentucky senator.

Cruz continued, "If you want prices to go down - Econ 101, you want prices to go down, you want more choices, more options, more competition, and prices fall", he said.

She added, "I think that the Senate Health Committee's done a great job having four substantive hearings". That may change if McConnell decides he does not have enough votes to pass the legislation. Insurers are supposed to sign contracts to participate in the marketplace before the end of the month.

"When Sen. Cassidy was on my show in May, he told me that he believed that every American family regardless of income should be able to get quality health care", Kimmel said.

He said negotiators couldn't strike a balance between state flexibility under Obamacare - something Republicans want - and funding for "cost-sharing" payments that Mr. Trump has threatened to withhold.

  • Leroy Wright