Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Small Business Owners Oppose Latest Effort to Repeal Health Care

Small Business Owners Oppose Latest Effort to Repeal Health Care

Sanders was releasing his bill the same day Republican senators were rolling out details of a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care law.

Senator Lindsey Graham urged his Republican colleagues to get behind this new legislation and not let the heath care while speaking at a press conference introducing the bill.

"If you believe repealing Obamacare is a good idea, this is your best and only chance of making it happen", Graham said. "So Mr. President, help us because we're trying to help you".

Nonetheless, on Wednesday, Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy (probably along with co-sponsor Dean Heller) will unveil the latest version of the health-care bill they first announced in late July.

The grant dollars would replace the federal money now being spent on Medicaid Expansion, Obamacare tax credits, cost-sharing reduction subsidies and the basic health plan dollars.

He released his bill hours after the Census Bureau said the proportion of uninsured Americans fell to 8.8 percent previous year, the lowest figure on record. "This bill fundamentally transforms health care in the United States". But Republicans say that in return, they want to offer states more flexibility in implementing the ACA. It would allow states to waive most of the law's insurance regulation but continue its ban on insurers refusing to cover people with preexisting medical conditions. Obamacare has been a complete nightmare for the many Americans who have been devastated by its skyrocketing healthcare premiums and deductibles and canceled or shrinking plans. State could decide whether to create new forms of financial help for buying insurance.

The bill would also give equal per-capita block grants of funding to states regardless of whether they expanded Medicaid under Obamacare or not.

He argued that under the bill, his state could keep Medicaid expansion if it wanted.

But leadership has shown little interest in diving back into the ObamaCare repeal fight after the effort failed in July.

In one Senate committee, a bipartisan effort was under way on Tuesday to fix Obamacare without repealing it, led by the Republican health committee chairman, Lamar Alexander, and the panel's top Democrat, Patty Murray.

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"There is a lot of fight left in the Republican Party to repeal and replace Obamacare", Graham promised. It only takes three Republican senators to object and the bill can't pass under reconciliation. The letters stressed ACP's concern that the Graham-Cassidy legislation falls well short of meeting the criteria that ACP established to ensure that the health of patients is improved rather than harmed by changes to current law. Susan Collins, R-Maine, floated a separate proposal. John McCain. But it does not appear to have the necessary support to pass the Senate.

Yet Senate leaders are taking a hands-off approach to the bill as a September 30 deadline approaches.

"I chair the Homeland Security subcommittee. I don't know", said Edmund Haislmaier, a senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation.

"I think Mitch would vote for it but he said, 'Go get 50 votes, '" Graham said. "Make some calls; help us get to 20".

"What does matter is if a governor gets on board", he said.

But Republicans seem torn between taking another crack at replacing Obamacare and declaring a truce with Democrats in order to focus on other issues like tax reform. Asked if his governor backed his bill, Heller said that it was a "work in progress".

This Graham-Cassidy bill would eliminate the Medicaid expansion by 2026, likely kick millions of people off of their health care, and cause chaos in the individual health care market.

Graham, who described a political crisis for Republicans if they did not act, said that the block grants would at least end the threat of further national health insurance reform. Bernie Sanders proposing universal government-run coverage.

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