The Final Obamacare Repeal-and-Replace Scheme Is Headed for a Ditch

Gwen Vasquez
September 14, 2017

Heller and Graham conceded that getting their own Republican governors to support their bill was a "work in progress" and called on President Donald Trump to rally support and on Senate GOP leaders to fast track their legislation.

"Zero", he said. "I'm not hearing anybody talk seriously about it".

Seven weeks after the GOP drive to uproot Obama's 2010 health care law crashed in the Senate, two Republican senators, Lindsey Graham of SC and Louisiana's Bill Cassidy, were releasing their plan for trying again.

Graham praised the Vice President; he said that Pence was "awesome". "Rather than continue with an effort to repeal and replace the ACA, ACP urges you to set aside this legislation and instead, focus on bipartisan efforts to stabilize the health insurance marketplaces, create competition among insurers, and lower the costs of health care for all Americans", Dr. Ende concluded. He said the deal passed by Congress to extend the borrowing limit to December 8 doesn't eliminate the so-called "extraordinary measures" the Treasury secretary can use to keep borrowing.

"This is the only thing standing between you and single-payer health care", said Graham.

While Trump offered the bill's sponsors some encouragement later in the afternoon, he stopped short of endorsing their plan.

The senators face a great number of challenges in their push to get the bill through the House, the Senate and to Trump in under three weeks. "Up until last month, Nevadans living in 14 of our 17 counties were not going to be able to buy insurance on the exchange next year", said Heller.

Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute, told LifeZette that Obamacare has demonstrated that insurance regulation is best enacted on the sate level because state governments have far more experience with it.

"The idea that we can do this by ourselves is unreasonable", Graham said.

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He released his bill hours after the Census Bureau said the proportion of uninsured Americans fell to 8.8 percent a year ago, the lowest figure on record.

At least 16 Senate Democrats had signed onto Sanders' bill by late Tuesday, including four potential 2020 presidential contenders besides Sanders: Kamala Harris of California, Massachusetts' Elizabeth Warren, New York's Kirsten Gillibrand and Cory Booker of New Jersey.

Cassidy cited Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, who recently wrote that the mandate has no statistically significant impact on enrollment.

The struggle to get most Republican governors on board with the bill was telling.

They also acknowledged they have an uphill battle to get the bill passed before October 1 when the GOP effort to repeal the law loses its protection against Democratic filibusters. Just under $1.2 trillion would be allocated for this objective from 2020 through 2026.

"We don't think of blue states or red states in this bill", Cassidy said.

The senators argued their bill would give control over health care back to the states.

"Tell them this matters to you, that you weren't kidding about repealing and replacing Obamacare, that you actually meant it", Graham said. To understand the damage that Cassidy-Graham would do, read Sarah Kliff or Dylan Scott of Vox, Jordan Weissmann of Slate or an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. "All we need is leadership".

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