Just 20% support Graham-Cassidy health care bill, poll finds
- Author: Leroy Wright Sep 26, 2017,
Sep 26, 2017, 11:32
"The president called me today, the vice-president called me in Maine over the weekend, Secretary Price has called me, it would probably be a shorter list of who hasn't called me about this bill", she said. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy revised the bill to provide more funding for states that are low in population but have a high spend on healthcare.
The hearing was suspended while demonstrators - some in wheelchairs - were escorted from the hearing room.
The Senate Committee on Finance convened yesterday to discuss the measure, but the hearing was delayed by activists chanting "No cuts to Medicaid".
"We're definitely within striking distance", bill author Sen.
One would normally declare the Graham-Collins bill dead at this juncture, since it's not getting 50 Senate votes before September 30, when the budget resolution authorizing this bill expires, according to the Senate parliamentarian. Senate Republicans face an end-of-month deadline to pass their latest effort using the reconciliation process to bypass Democratic support. John McCain Monday afternoon in announcing that she would not support the Graham-Cassidy health care reform bill.
As of Monday night, three senators - including McCain - had voiced opposition to the pending legislation, all but ensuring its defeat. Susan Collins and Sen. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said Sunday that he is not yet supportive of the legislation, and an aide said Monday that his position has not changed even after the recent revisions. With John McCain, R-Ariz., still undecided, the fate of the bill hangs in limbo.
Even though the legislation was revised over the weekend to provide more money to states like ME, in an effort to woo Collins' vote, she said her state would still lose money.
"It found, as I suspected would be the case, that it would have a negative impact on millions of Americans who are now insured, so it was the final piece of the puzzle that I had been waiting to confirm, Collins told reporters outside her Senate office". But the CBO did not have time to predict how the measure would affect the level of insurance coverage.
Millions are projected to lose health insurance should the bill pass. Bill Cassidy (R., La.), is meant to repeal and replace Obamacare by transferring most responsibility for healthcare services to the states.
The legislation would do away with Obamacare's individual mandate requiring most Americans to buy health insurance or pay a fine.
Collins's statement outlines several major concerns with the bill, pointing to projections of cuts to Medicare and the possibility of "weaken [ed] protections for people with pre-existing conditions" as issues that made her a no vote.