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Once A Long Shot, Now Last-Ditch Repeal Effort Is Gaining Traction On Hill

The measure from Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) includes deeper spending cuts and covers fewer people than the bill in July.

The Associated Press: Senate GOP Musters Final Push To Erase Obama Health Care Law
Senate Republicans expressed growing hope Monday for a final push to scuttle President Barack Obama's health care law, an effort that still faces an uphill climb and just a two-week window to pass. Adding more risk, senators would be in the dark about the bill's impact on Americans, since the Congressional Budget Office says crucial estimates won't be ready in time for a vote. (Fram, 9/18)

The Washington Post: The New GOP Health-Care Measure Goes Further Than The Failed One
The latest Obamacare overhaul bill gaining steam on Capitol Hill slashes health-care spending more deeply and would likely cover fewer people than a July bill that failed precisely because of such concerns. What’s different now is the sense of urgency senators are bringing to their effort to roll back the Affordable Care Act, with only a dozen days remaining before the legislative vehicle they’re using expires. (Winfield Cunningham, 9/18)

The Washington Post: New Push To Replace Obamacare Reflects High Stakes For Republicans
The latest proposal would give states control over billions in federal health-care spending, repeal the law’s key mandates and enact deep cuts to Medicaid, the federally funded insurance program for the poor, elderly and disabled. It would slash health-care spending more deeply and would probably cover fewer people than the July bill — which failed because of concerns over those details. The appearance of a new measure reflected just how damaging Republicans consider their inability to make good on a key campaign promise of the past seven years: to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement. (Sullivan and Snell, 9/18)

Bloomberg: McCain Holds Out As GOP Wages Last-Gasp Push To Repeal Obamacare 
Because the measure strives to equalize Medicaid funding between states, some Republicans from Medicaid expansion states in the House could find it hard to support. That includes states like New York and California, which stand to lose federal funds under Graham-Cassidy. Those states have only Democratic senators, but have some GOP House members. (Litvan and Wasson, 9/18)

Bloomberg: Senate GOP Has 12 Days To Repeal Obamacare And No Room For Error 
They need to act by Sept. 30 to use a fast-track procedure that prevents Democrats from blocking it, but the deadline doesn’t leave enough time to get a full analysis of the bill’s effects from the Congressional Budget Office. The measure would face parliamentary challenges that could force leaders to strip out provisions favored by conservatives. Several Republicans are still withholding their support or rejecting it outright. (Litvan, Kapur and Wasson, 9/19)

The Hill: Finance To Hold Hearing On ObamaCare Repeal Bill
The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing Monday on the latest effort to repeal ObamaCare as Republicans eye a potential vote next week. “A hearing will allow members on both sides of the aisle to delve deeper into its policy and gain a better understanding of what the authors hope to achieve,” Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said in a statement. (Carney, 9/18)

Nashville Tennessean: Latest ACA Repeal Bill Could Hit Those With Pre-Existing Conditions
The latest Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill in the U.S. Senate raises the possibility that Tennesseans with pre-existing diseases could see increased costs or change in coverage. The legislation would hand states broad authority to determine coverage parameters, including the decision to waive community ratings and the essential health benefits. Known as the "Graham-Cassidy" bill, the measure was crafted by Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. (Fletcher, 9/18)

Meanwhile, some are already speaking out against it —

The Hill: Top Louisiana Health Official Rips Cassidy Over ObamaCare Repeal Bill 
Louisiana’s top health official sent a scathing letter to Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) blasting his new bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare, saying “the harm to Louisiana from this legislation far outweighs any benefit.” “The legislation you’ve introduced this past week gravely threatens health care access and coverage for our state and its people,” Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health Rebekah Gee wrote. (Carter, 9/18)

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