Graham, Cassidy unveil last-ditch Obamacare repeal bill

The Final Obamacare Repeal-and-Replace Scheme Is Headed for a Ditch
New Trumpcare Deserves a Quick Death
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15 September, 2017

Four Republican senators on Wednesday introduced a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare, urging their leadership and President Trump to support it. Dean Heller of Nevada and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. "Most of the discussion about flexibility has centered on amending the section 1332 state innovation waiver, because it is already in the Affordable Care Act, including commonsense suggestions to improve and speed up the process to make the 1332 waivers easier for states to use".

Congress would have to act again in 2026 to continue funding for the bill, which is written with only a 10-year horizon. But the bill would allow states to obtain waivers exempting them from many of Obamacare's regulations.

In a separate effort, the Senate HELP committee has been holding hearings this month to craft a bipartisan bill aimed at lowering premiums and attracting more insurers to Obamacare's exchanges. In my case, I work several jobs and am lucky enough to have health insurance coverage through my husband's employer.

In one Senate committee, a bipartisan effort was under way on Tuesday to fix Obamacare without repealing it, led by the Republican health committee chairman, Lamar Alexander, and the panel's top Democrat, Patty Murray.

As for the HELP committee's efforts, insurers are finalizing their rates and participation next month for 2018, meaning Congress would need to pass legislation nearly immediately to have an impact.

The bill's announcement comes on the same day that Sen. Elizabeth Warren of MA, have already signed on to Mr. Sanders' bill. According to reports, the health insurance tax is expected to add about $500 to our family's health care premiums in 2018.

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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 thing is known for sure, Sanders has brought forth, even with a lack of details, the most popular single-payer bill to hit the national political stage.

So, Graham knows this is likely the last chance the GOP has to repeal the ACA.

Blumenthal, one of the most recent senators to jump on board Sanders' bill, said Tuesday that the Medicare-For-All bill is in now way about "scrapping it (Obamacare)", the bill is rather about "building on it". So far there seems to be broad support across party lines for funding cost-sharing reduction payments that the president has threatened to end while making it easier for states to tweak their health care programs.

By making so many funding and coverage issues subject to future state decisions, the bill will make it hard for the CBO to estimate its impact.


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