The Congressional Budget Office has not yet scored the bill and independent state-by-state analyses of the bill’s impact weren’t immediately available Wednesday afternoon.
While the proposal would give federal money in block grants to states, it would do so in slightly tweaked amounts close to current funding levels under Obamacare. Like other health care solutions floated by conservatives, the bill by Cassidy and Graham would also likely leave a staggering number of Americans without health insurance.
“In a public statement, Senator Lee stated he could not sign off on this legislation as it did not repeal enough of the Obamacare taxes, and that this bill “…didn’t go far enough in lowering premiums for middle class families”.
The report’s findings are bad news for Republicans, who are now working to bypass a stalemate in Congress. President Donald Trump vowed prior to taking office that he would repeal the ACA, but his efforts have met with extraordinary opposition and infighting.
Republican leadership seemed to greet the bill with a shrug when it dropped this week, yet Mr. Cassidy said the idea “took off” during a Thursday luncheon that focused on health care.
Asked whether the path to 50 still existed without his support, a senior aide for Cassidy replied, “We believe so based on the conversations we’ve had.” . We urge them to keep their promise and repeal Obamacare and end the forced partnership between taxpayers and Planned Parenthood.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent who launched an insurgent populist campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination a year ago, also picked Wednesday to unveil his own, very different health insurance proposal, a generous government-backed initiative billed as “Medicare-for-all”. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Ak.) in states now reliant on government largess which came via Obamacare’s massive Medicaid expansion.
That reality hasn’t discouraged the bill’s sponsors.
“I’m confident we’ll get there on the Republican side”, Cassidy said.
There are “people coming out regularly and saying they’re for it, either privately or publicly”, Mr. Cassidy said.
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana has told reporters that Republicans are two votes away from passing the last ditch Obamacare repeal and replace measure, accord He stated that the tally for the bill stands at 48 to 49 and that the cosponsors of the bill are talking to two or three senators whom they think are persuadable. Republican leaders could afford to lose only two votes to pass that legislation.
Second, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said this morning that he “cannot support” the Graham-Cassidy bill, which suggests the proposal is in real trouble. The tweet does not mean that Paul will not vote for the bill. A group of Republican senators – including Ron Johnson of Wisconsin – are making a late push to repeal and replace Obamacare this month. From there, the House would have to pass the same bill as-is, or make changes that the Senate would again approve with 50 votes.