Democrats to study every option to halt Obamacare repeal bill


A number of Republicans are jumping on board a proposal by Sens. That includes states like NY and California, which stand to lose federal funds under Graham-Cassidy. White House officials plan to help whip GOP votes this week, per Politico, but Cassidy wants the president to put his own weight behind the bill, publicly. "No thanks." Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., is chief co-sponsor.

"I think most things would be better than Obamacare", McMaster told reporters Monday.

The bill would repeal the Affordable Care Act's individual and employer mandates for health insurance.

Because the plan keeps most of Obamacare's taxes, the conservative group Heritage Action is urging Republicans to block it. "It would impose less damaging cuts, or even raise funding initially, for states that have rejected the Medicaid expansion or enrolled few low-income residents in marketplace coverage". Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, both Republicans. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer went further, saying the partisan measure threatened the spirit of cooperation between President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders embodied in a recent budget deal and progress on immigration. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is reportedly trying to push support for the bill quickly-and for good reason. But Trump has been banging the drum on Twitter for weeks, and health care experts and Congressional watchers have begun to talk about the increasing likelihood of Graham's bill passing.

Support for the bill at the moment is short of what is needed for it to pass, but party leaders are expected to hold meetings this week to gain votes. It needs support from at least 50 of 52 Republican senators to pass.

Republican Sen. Rand Paul met with primary care providers at a roundtable in Crestwood. Once Republican governors wake up to the possibility of this bill becoming law, their reaction could be influential. Dean Heller, R-Nev. (second from left), and Sen. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who stood up against July's repeal effort.

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Of course, the Congressional Budget Office will no doubt say that the bill will cause 20 million or so to "lose" coverage - a prediction that Republicans should ignore since, as we've pointed out in this space, it is based on outdated numbers and ridiculous assumptions. At the moment, there's a sense that they have 49 votes in the Senate, just one vote shy of passing the thing and sending it to the House.

Democrats asked for the CBO to conduct an analysis of the bill-including coverage losses, how premiums and out-of-pocket costs may change, and how it would impact Medicare.

Congress is only in session three days this week, so this will likely come down to the final week of the month, which is open only because the government funding bill was passed earlier than normal.

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Essentially, the time Republicans have to realistically repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in 2017 is running out, and Republicans are not going down without swinging for the fences one last time.