CBO: Initial report on Graham-Cassidy will lack coverage, premium estimates
- Author: Joey Payne Sep 19, 2017,
Sep 19, 2017, 0:59
FreedomWorks also gave the bill a partial endorsement.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who has often painted himself as a responsible Republican who will call out President Trump for his misdeeds, appealed to Trump's nationalist base over the weekend, appearing on Breitbart News Radio to promote his bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
But Graham has made wooing governors a centerpiece of his longshot strategy. This legislation would force millions off their health insurance plans and would even let insurance raise your rates if you get sick, even if your plan isn't up for renewal yet. Nor can he get the enthusastic backing of his fellow senator Tim Scott, also a Republican, who so far has said only he likes the framework of the legislation. Because Republicans obviously aren't getting 60 votes since Democrats universally oppose a repeal of Obamacare.
A one-party bill is "not the way to do it", McCain said on "Face the Nation" on CBS.
And, crucially, previous year far too many people were complacent; they assumed that Trump couldn't possibly become president, so they felt free to engage in trivial pursuits.
Two months ago, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's effort to pass a replacement with only Republican support suffered a spectacular defeat in the Senate.
So there are two "block grants" in play: one mandatory block grant involving additional money provided by Obamacare that channels Medicaid money into other kinds of health-care assistance (there are few if any limitations here), and another option block grant for the traditional Medicaid program that facilitates benefit reductions and restrictive changes in eligibility.
He may not like how the bill is funded through maintaining the current health law's taxes on the wealthy, which Republicans have routinely criticized. Senator Rand Paul said it did not go far enough to repeal Obamacare.
The latest repeal bill is an offering from Sens.
Prior bills to repeal Obamacare, as the ACA is known, went down in flames after the Congressional Budget Office published its official score of the plan-a nonpartisan estimate of how much the bill would cost or save, along with its effect on the number of uninsured Americans and on typical insurance premiums. Republicans control 52 of the Senate's 100 seats. And both chambers are not scheduled to meet later this week because of the Jewish holiday.
For now, eyes are on McCain and Murkowski.
The CBO announced Monday it could produce "preliminary" findings early next week, but a fuller picture of the legislation's long-term impact would not be available for "at least several weeks", long past the September 30 deadline. The plan would ultimately block grant health care to the states and governors would design health care systems within their own states. Graham and Cassidy would give each state a fixed amount of federal money for health care and health insurance each year from 2020-2026. In May 2016, for example, she said on the Senate floor that "I have consistently supported full repeal of the ACA and have voted to do so on several occasions".