Republican Senators Make Last-Gasp Stab at Obamacare

Laura Christensen
September 15, 2017

A group of Republican senators will roll out a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday as the GOP makes a last-ditch effort to reform the nation's health care system. This Graham-Cassidy bill would eliminate the Medicaid expansion by 2026, likely kick millions of people off of their health care, and cause chaos in the individual health care market. "Every time that I think I can finally sleep at night, they come out with another bad bill - because my Affordable Care Act policy is what's keeping me alive". Bernie Sanders. Graham said that if his bill fails, the result will be "government control of health care from cradle to grave". Soaring premiums have been a persistent problem for individuals enrolled on the Obamacare state exchanges. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. and various Democrats to unveil a new single-payer bill that would cover all Americans under a more comprehensive version of Medicare.

Vox calls it "one last Hail Mary to repeal Obamacare". He suffered a humiliating defeat in July when three Republican senators defected from a bill known as "skinny repeal".

Graham presented his bill as the main alternative to a universal health care plan to be released later Wednesday by Independent Sen. If the senators' 2015 words meant anything, they will push for a vote on the bill before the end of September. Graham-Cassidy defunds Planned Parenthood and redirects the money to community health centers. Dean Heller (R-NV) came out swinging, vowing not to support any bill that would go after either traditional Medicaid or the Medicaid expansion that has extended coverage to hundreds of thousands of low-income people in his state. Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Brian Schatz of Hawaii, and Tom Udall of New Mexico all plan to attend Sanders announcement Wednesday. "The president has no interest in bailing out insurance companies", he said.

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"Right now, if we want to move away from a dysfunctional, wasteful, bureaucratic system into a rational health-care system that guarantees coverage to everyone in a cost-effective way, the only way to do it is 'Medicare for All, '" Sen. One of the leading industry advocates - America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) - does not think single-payer is the way to fix the problems with the USA health care system.

If the plan is to work, it must first get a "score" from the Congressional Budget Office to determine if it would reduce the federal deficit over 10 years.

Still, some Democrats and progressive activists are nervous that the GOP's long quest to repeal Obamacare may have one last push left.

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