New health-care bill would cut federal spending on coverage

Posted September 25, 2017

McCain, Murkowski and Collins were the three Republican "no" votes who halted another attempt by GOP Senate leaders to repeal and replace Obamacare, the so-called "skinny repeal" bill, which lost in dramatic fashion during a late-night vote in July (Paul backed that legislation).

U.S. Senator Rand Paul, one of the staunchest pro-free market voices in our nation's capital, says he can not support Graham-Cassidy. On CBS' Face the Nation Sunday, McCain praised the rival effort by GOP Sen.

The 32 million people without health insurance could be an underestimate because it is impossible to forecast what will happen to the nation's health insurance system when it is turned into a 50 state free for all with declining funding and little regulation on insurance companies. Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will affect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it.

Late Saturday, six associations representing USA doctors, hospitals and insurers said they opposed the bill because it would cause patients with pre-existing conditions to lose coverage and result in more expensive health insurance. Cassidy said the comedian was misinformed.

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"I guarantee (Trump) doesn't know anything about this Graham-Cassidy bill".

MSNBC morning TV show host Joe Scarborough was ebullient.

"This proposal removes the decisions from Washington and gives states significant latitude over how the dollars are used to best take care of the unique health care needs of the patients in each state", the bills sponsors argue. McCain explained in his statement released on Friday. That defeat had been seen by many as the end of a seven-year campaign pledge by many Republicans to repeal Obamacare.

Republicans control the Senate 52-48. His parents, both teachers, worry that his condition could make it hard for them to get insurance to cover his expensive medications if the law changes. "Great for Arizona. McCain let his best friend L.G. down!"

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John McDonough, a professor of public health practice at the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard, said MA and 30 other states that expanded Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act would be hit especially hard by the latest plan.

US President Trump slammed Senator John McCain for opposing a last-minute plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, insisting that the Republicans would "eventually" roll back his predecessor's signature healthcare law, the media reported.

Graham took to social media to address McCain's opposition to his bill. Lisa Murkowski, who's among a handful of Republicans who've not said how they'll vote. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC. Plus, the Arizona governor and Arizona's Republican junior senator, Jeff Flake, came out in support of the legislation, he noted. Patty Murray, D-Washington, had been working to reach a bipartisan agreement to stabilize Obamacare insurance markets.

Texas would get a windfall of $35 billion under the plan, according to Avalere, a nonpartisan health care consulting group. Rand Paul against it, Republicans can not afford any other defections from their ranks.

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