Sen. Cassidy introduces bill to repeal, replace Obamacare

Dems worry GOP pulling health care negotiations in partisan direction

The Senate faces a September 30 deadline to use reconciliation, according to the Senate parliamentarian.

Graham indicated Thursday after a meeting with Republican senators that McConnell was warming up to the bill. In a matter of weeks, they'd have to score the bill with the Congressional Budget Office, wrangle the necessary votes, and then convince the House to quickly follow suit. "They realized they would have to double the taxes collected on the people of that state to pay for it because it was so financially expensive".

Despite opposition and little time, Sens.

The block grants would replace the federal money now being spent on Medicaid expansion, tax credits, cost-sharing reduction subsidies and basic health plan dollars.

Yes, but: Several witnesses have said some states, especially poor ones, don't have the money or infrastructure to set up their own reinsurance program, and federal funding would help.

The proposal also makes significant cuts to Medicaid and eliminates the individual mandate. It also would "protect patients with pre-existing medical conditions". As the conversation progressed, Graham was quick to point out there is a "17-day" deadline (of sorts) on the matter of the repeal - after September 30, any bill aiming to repeal Obamacare would need 60 votes as opposed to 51 - and that his newly presented bill is the best option to achieve the goal of a repeal in that time.

They acknowledged they have an uphill battle to get the bill passed before October 1, when the GOP effort to repeal the law loses its protection against filibusters. Those sponsoring it are: U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Bill Cassidy, R-La., Dean Heller, R-Nev., Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., and former US Senator Rick Santorum, R-Pa. "It does much less than some-keeping essentially all of Obamacare's spending and taxes, for instance-but it does one big thing: it moves the bulk of the resources and a fair bit of the power of regulation to the hands of the states".

The effort is being pushed for bipartisan support on the committee, where Sen. Yes, single payer is popular among Democrats and even independents now, he writes - but their support is malleable, and could be easily swayed in a debate over the actual details. "We think the president will be on board", he said. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Sen.

About 60 percent of House Democrats have endorsed a "Medicare for all" bill introduced by Rep. John Conyers Jr., Democrat of MI.

"We are shooting for the 30th. And then we can look at anything they want to bring forward through a normal process later, whether it's Bernie ['s bill] or whatever it'll be", said West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin.

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"Without your voice, we can not succeed", Mr. "With your voice, we will be successful". And yet, according to party establishments and many media outlets, the side without evidence gets taken at face value. "Get on the phone, start calling people".

Under their proposal, money would be distributed based on a complex formula, and the regional cost of living would be one factor, but the sponsors acknowledge that higher-spending states like MA would receive less than under current law.

"Instead of a Washington-knows-best approach like Obamacare, our legislation empowers those closest to the health care needs of their communities to provide solutions", said Graham.

The Louisiana senator appeared to relish the arcane pieces of the puzzle in a Friday presentation to reporters, enthusiastically breaking down a series of spreadsheets on how states would fair under the reforms.

Sen. Graham's bill is co-sponsored by Sens.

Meanwhile, Sanders, I-Vt., who caucuses with Democrats, was unveiling legislation that would allow Americans to get health care simply by showing a government-issued card.

Mr. Cassidy and Mr. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and three other lawmakers - including Sen.