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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Democrats Try To Rally As They’re Criticized For Having Celebrated Too Soon

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Between the debt deal cut with President Donald Trump and the single-payer proposal by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — which Sen. Lindsey Graham says is “a gift from the political gods” — some people are starting to wonder if the Democrats got ahead of themselves. Meanwhile, lawmakers are trying to get their base motivated one more time to stave off the latest round of repeal-and-replace efforts.

Republicans Press Forward With Repeal Efforts Despite Governors’ Plea To Reject Measure

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A group of bipartisan governors urges Congress to reject the last-ditch repeal-and-replace effort coming from Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), but lawmakers are charging forward. It’s still unclear if they have the votes, but Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) says she’s considering the bill, touting the flexibility it gives to states.