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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) hasn’t shut the door on negotiations with Senate leadership, but other lawmakers, such as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), voice concerns which place more obstacles on the proposal’s path to passage.
The changes would send money to Alaska and Maine, homes of Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins. Both women will be crucial if the Graham-Cassidy replacement bill is brought to the floor for a vote.
Those relying on the federal government’s safety net are grandmothers, the kid next door, your supermarket cashier — maybe even you.
The measure proposed by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) would disrupt the existing health system more than any of the measures considered so far this year, according to supporters and critics.
With Sen. John McCain’s opposition to the last-ditch repeal-and-replace efforts, Republicans are left with no room for error.
Editorial pages include policy analysis of the Graham-Cassidy health care bill and examine some of the key policies now in play.
Opinion writers express outrage at the contents of the Senate GOP’s latest attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare and explore the political motivations for pursuing the measure’s passage.
Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs.
Suing Medicaid is difficult so other civil rights groups are monitoring this case, but experts say similar actions elsewhere could be difficult to win. In other Medicaid news, Virginia advocates raise concerns about the delay in reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program, a successful program to help low-income mothers is profiled in North Carolina and two transgender women sue Iowa’s program for failing to cover sex-reassignment surgery.
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.
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.
For all the last-minute rush surrounding the measure from Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the bill is actually the most far-reaching the Republicans have tried to pass yet. Media outlets take a look at what exactly is in the bill and what it does.
A selection of opinions on health care from around the country.
Newspapers offer their members of Congress a bleak picture of what would happen in their states if the Graham-Cassidy proposal were to become law.
There are a variety of ideas about the Graham-Cassidy bill now pending in the Senate, with some saying it’s “poison” and others praising its intent to give states flexibility.
Editorial pages feature opinions praising this “last-chance” legislation or calling it “nonsense” and “cynical.” They also detail how, regardless of the outcome of the vote planned for next week, the GOP will own it.
A bipartisan deal on the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program was reached by senators earlier this month, but it looks unlikely to get a vote before the program’s authority expires on Sept. 30 because the Senate is consumed with efforts to replace the federal health law. Also in Medicaid news, officials in New Mexico unveil plans to charge enrollees premiums and copayments.
Not only would the legislation further destabilize the marketplace and jeopardize patient care, but it could potentially allow “government-controlled single payer health care to grow,” said AHIP’s Marilyn B. Tavenner. Among the other groups opposed to the bill are the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Heart Association, the American Medical Association and more.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) left himself some wiggle room if negotiations don’t go his way.
Outlets take a look at what’s in the Graham-Cassidy bill and how it would all work.