How Sanders, the GOP are both trying to kill Obamacare

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21 September, 2017

On his show Tuesday night, the late-night host eviscerated Cassidy and the bill. Lindsey Graham of SC and Louisiana's Bill Cassidy - are still hunting for the 50 GOP votes they'd need to prevail over solid Democratic opposition. "Skinny repeal is better than no repeal", Paul said on Fox News.

It is unclear if the GOP will have the needed 50 votes in the Senate before the deadline to pass the bill.

He added: "I hope Republican Senators will vote for Graham-Cassidy and fulfill their promise to Repeal & Replace ObamaCare".

"The Graham-Cassidy bill is the only repeal effort left on the table, coming even as a bipartisan Senate committee is working on legislation to stabilize the Affordable Care Act", CNN Money reported. "Not only did he fail 'the Jimmy Kimmel test, ' he failed the Bill Cassidy test".

"I think OH will do a good job - better than the federal government, probably because we know what the needs are, closer to what those needs are, like the opioid addiction", Portman said.

"I think the other side, why are they rushing this through?" The window to pass it with a simple majority under Senate rules expires on September 30; Republicans have 52 members in the chamber.

The movement for statewide single-payer health care has picked up steam in a number of states over the past year, including California.

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The intention to introduce the bill to the floor likely means that the GOP is close to the necessary votes - and that McConnell may be pressuring some wavering members.

The biggest reason is that the bill repeals Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid.

But the Graham-Cassidy bill does not contain those guarantees. For procedural reasons, the block-grant approach is believed to be the only realistic way the Senate can stop Obamacare funding from paying for insurance plans that cover elective abortion. "We take that money, we divide it up by states, we tell the states it's up to them to design their system".

"I don't know what happened to Bill Cassidy, but when he was on this publicity tour he listed his demands for a health care bill very clearly".

A bipartisan group of governors has declared their opposition to a Republican healthcare bill aimed at replacing Obamacare.

They've had discussions with more than half the Senate and negotiated in good faith for weeks, Murray said Tuesday.


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