Senate Holds Hearing On Health Care Bill

Senator Bill Cassidy has co-sponsored the latest plan to repeal Obamacare

Senator Bill Cassidy has co-sponsored the latest plan to repeal Obamacare

If you thought it absurd and incredibly irresponsible for Republicans to propose last week a slipshod, radical health-care bill that would not even allow for a Congressional Budget Office score, then the Sunday night amendments cooked up by Sens.

Among states expected to lose are Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, and OH, where cuts could swell the number of uninsured people.

The president said Americans are entitled to feel frustrated at Congress for not passing an Obamacare repeal as Republicans have promised for years. Bill Cassidy, R-La., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., rejiggers how changes in federal funding provided to states for health care would be phased in over time. Those are all states where senators are either undecided or have indicated their opposition to the bill that would repeal and replace most of former President Barack Obama's health care law. The House bill gradually wound down federal spending on insurance subsidies and Medicaid, and contained a provision specifically meant to win over New York Republicans, said Reed, one of the heads of the Problem Solvers Caucus. That includes IN and Arkansas, as well as swing states like Florida, Pennsylvania, and OH, which proved critical to Trump's victory. Among the states to get the added money are ME and Alaska. Sen.

Republican senators have until September 30 to pass Graham-Cassidy under the Senate's budget reconciliation rules, which allows leadership to pass a bill with only 50 "yes" votes and bypasses filibusters from Democrats. Lisa Murkowsi, R-Alaska, reportedly leaning against the bill. John McCain, R-Ariz., remain a no vote on Graham-Cassidy, that means Republicans can not afford to lose a single more vote, with Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Rand Paul of Kentucky - have publicly come out against the latest bill to overhaul Obamacare. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen.

The Tea Party-backed Kentuckian says there's too much spending in a proposal by Republicans Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana - and calls for a "significant reassessment of this trillion-dollar spending regime". "And if this bill goes through, that's it", said Grishman. Paul, R-Ky., had opposed the earlier version of the bill, saying it spent too much money.

First, it would take money now being used to finance the coverage expansion under Obama's law, and create one big pot, pared down somewhat. The pot would include money now being spent on tax credits for subsidized private insurance, as well as financing for expanded Medicaid.

However, Medicaid would switch from an open-ended federal-state match to a capped block grant, where states receive a fixed allotment based on enrollment and other factors, a major priority for Republicans like Reed who regularly decry how their state governments spend heavily on such public programs.

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Last week's analysis from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation found that the combined effect of the changes would lead to 35 states plus Washington, D.C., losing almost $160 billion in federal financing from 2020-2026. They said Trump and his advisers have been in regular touch with the Kentucky senator.

Paul repeated that while he likes some aspects of Graham-Cassidy - such as getting rid of the individual mandate and strengthening health savings accounts - he said that in order to fix the system "we need more of a marketplace, we need to let individuals buy insurance across state lines, and we need to let people buy cheap insurance".

Protesters shouted: "No cuts to Medicaid, save our liberty!" Florida features a competitive Senate race in 2018 for the seat now held by Democrat Bill Nelson, a supporter of the Obama health law.

Trump said that odd would be the better candidate in the general election against the Democrat, former US attorney Doug Jones, although the president admitted that "I don't know that much about Roy Moore".

AP's review of the Kaiser estimates found other states with 2018 Senate races where cuts could play a role. However, there are now three more Republicans in the House who filled empty seats this year. Those seats are now held by Republicans.

States with 2018 Senate races that would get more money under the bill are Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

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