White House seeks support for last-ditch Obamacare repeal bid

But a new report says this new Republican replace plan would leave millions of people uninsured.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday backed the healthcare coverage plan crafted by GOP Senators Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana - a measure giving states far more power over medical insurance. If it gets the needed votes now, it could be a short-term win for the GOP, but it could also mean long-term negative consequences for the party. Lindsey Graham of SC not only fails the "Jimmy Kimmel test", but also what he called the "Bill Cassidy test".

Sen. Angus King said Wednesday that the Senate is "flying blind" on the Cassidy-Graham Obamacare repeal effort without a budget office score. "Not only did he fail 'the Jimmy Kimmel test, ' he failed the Bill Cassidy test". "But because this already exists people are saying, 'Oh well, it's better than what we've got'".

The movement for statewide single-payer health care has picked up steam in a number of states over the past year, including California. "Which was, in a nutshell, no family should be denied medical care, emergency or otherwise, because they can't afford it", he said. Republicans need to hit that total by September 30, the date when special procedures blocking the bill from filibuster will expire.

"This new bill actually does pass the Jimmy Kimmel test, but a different Jimmy Kimmel test", Kimmel said on Tuesday's show.

Paul's opposition to the block-grant approach is all the more puzzling because in July Paul voted for an amendment that would have block-granted most of the Obamacare spending. "So, this is not a repeal bill, this is sort of, 'Hey, we'll take Obamacare, replace it with Obamacare, but we're going to let the states have a little more power in how we spend it'".

They've had discussions with more than half the Senate and negotiated in good faith for weeks, Murray said Tuesday. Yes, Democrats rushed to pass Obamacare - "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what's in it" - but did so after the nonpartisan CBO had issued a report on its impact. "Money direct to the states", Trump tweeted.

Gov. Charlie Baker joined a bipartisan group of nine other governors in a letter urging lawmakers to reject the bill, calling instead for "bipartisan efforts to bring stability and affordability to our insurance markets".

  • Marlene Weaver