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New Senate Bill to Replace ACA Gives More Power to States

15 September 2017, 12:41 | Colleen Roy

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"The idea that the Republican party has done its best to repeal and replace Obamacare is a joke", said Graham, who was joined by fellow Republican Bill Cassidy in the effort. Dean Heller of Nevada and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. Bill Cassidy said Thursday that President Trump can help get his health care proposal passed through Congress.

The Senate's recently failed repeal and replace bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), was nearly universally loathed, with only 17 percent approval from Americans. In addition to eliminating Medicaid expansion funding, the bill retains the same per capita cap funding structure included in the Senate's previous Better Care Reconciliation Act, a provision estimated to result in billions of dollars in federal cuts to the program.

Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Fox News, "Matt Bevin, the governor of Kentucky, came out for the block grant approach".

The legislation attempts to level spending among states, neither punishing those that expanded Medicaid under Obamacare, or those that did not.

Indeed, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday is offering his competing plan - "Medicare for all". The latest healthcare bill proposed by Sens.

Cassidy-Graham, the last-ditch effort by Republicans to replace Obamacare, is probably going nowhere. "Rather than continue with an effort to repeal and replace the ACA, ACP urges you to set aside this legislation and instead, focus on bipartisan efforts to stabilize the health insurance marketplaces, create competition among insurers, and lower the costs of health care for all Americans", Dr. Ende concluded.

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. Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Brian Schatz of Hawaii, and Tom Udall of New Mexico all plan to attend Sanders announcement Wednesday. According to reports, the health insurance tax is expected to add about $500 to our family's health care premiums in 2018.

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. In order to even have a bill considered under reconciliation rules, it must get an official score from the Congressional Budget Office, and it could take CBO some time to perform a state-by-state analysis.

So, Graham knows this is likely the last chance the GOP has to repeal the ACA. Paul. You should trust Matt Bevin to deliver health care, state run health care vs. with Washington run healthcare.

Continued cost-sharing reduction payments are not addressed in the bill because CSRs can not be approved through budget reconciliation.

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