Washington senators: Don't jam through new Trumpcare plan

Frederick Owens
September 21, 2017

Bill Cassidy of Louisiana told Kimmel he would write a bill that would protect children with preexisting conditions, like Kimmel's son, from lifetime limits.

While GOP leadership is still short of the votes needed to pass the legislation - introduced last week by, Sens. "You're welcome to stop by the studio and take it anytime", Kimmel said. After Sept. 30, any bill to change the law would need 60 votes to pass the Senate.

"When Senate leadership threw in the towel and gave up on repealing Obamacare, Louisiana's senior senator Bill Cassidy kept pushing, and I applaud his efforts to remove Washington from my exam room".

Senators Lindsey Graham of SC and Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana are putting forward a proposal that would provide federal money to states for their own healthcare plan.

"Not only did Bill Cassidy fail the Jimmy Kimmel test, he failed the Bill Cassidy test", Kimmel said. If both of them are a no, the bill will die.

"We don't have a Congressional Budget Office score on this", Mr. King, Maine independent, said on CNN.

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The bill would let states set their own coverage health requirements, allow insurers to boost premiums on people with serious medical conditions and end Obama's mandates that most Americans buy insurance and that companies offer coverage to workers. House Speaker Paul Ryan said that his chamber would not even consider a bipartisan stabilization bill.

The president has been enthusiastic about Graham-Cassidy and other recent GOP efforts aimed at repealing the Affordable Care Act, a primary campaign promise made by the president.

"Healthcare is complicated, it's boring - I don't want to talk about it - the details are confusing, and that's what these guys are relying on", Kimmel said. President Trump has not tweeted about or yet commented publicly on Graham-Cassidy.

Gov. Doug Ducey has come out in favor of the measure, calling it the "best path forward to repeal and replace Obamacare".

In addition to scrapping marketplace subsidies, the block grant funding would also be spent to eliminate the ACA's Medicaid expansion and replace it with a fixed amount paid by the federal government to states for each Medicaid recipient, regardless of actual Medicaid costs. "And I wanna prevent that", Kennedy said.

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