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The Road To 50 Votes: Which Senators To Watch In Health Care Talks Over The Next Week

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Republicans can only afford to lose two votes. In other news on the repeal-and-replace efforts: a national Democratic poll finds that the measure has 24 percent support; opponents in California go hard against it; Nevada’s governor says the legislation’s increased funding is a “false choice”; and more.

Provision Tucked Into Bill Benefits Alaska, Just When GOP Is Desperate For Murkowski’s Vote

KHN Morning Briefing

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is a crucial vote for Republicans to secure if they want to pass their health law. Critics blast a provision of the legislation that only benefits Alaska and Montana as the GOP try to sway votes. “Everyone involved in this moral and intellectual monstrosity should be ashamed of themselves,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) says.

States Who Win Under Graham-Cassidy Win Big, While The Losers Get Walloped

KHN Morning Briefing

Multiple analyses have found different results about which states come out on top and which are hit the hardest. But they all find massive financial discrepancies between the two. For example, federal funding for coverage would plunge by 41 percent in Louisiana, while it would grow by 126 percent in South Carolina, according to one estimate.

Uncertainty Over Health Care’s Future Hobbles Entrepreneurs

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The Affordable Care Act gave some Americans the chance to strike out on their own in new business ventures because they didn’t have to worry about keeping a job just for health insurance. But the repeal-and-replace efforts reignited this week create uncertainty about whether they can count on that insurance option in the future.

Given State Of Affairs Around Health Law, States Stuck Approving Sharp Premium Increases

KHN Morning Briefing

Because of all the uncertainty in D.C., states like Kentucky, Mississippi and Virginia are approving average rates for major insurers that are at least 25 percent higher than they were in 2017. Meanwhile, Department of Health and Human Services documents show that outreach efforts under the Obama administration actually were working.