Graham-Cassidy Bill Introduced, Immediately Blasted By Dems

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Law360, Washington (September 13, 2017, 3:42 PM EDT) - A group of Senate Republicans unveiled their latest effort to jump-start repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, introducing a plan to restructure health care subsidies around state-level block grants. "Congress should abandon its attempt to ram through an unworkable plan, and focus instead on bipartisan healthcare legislation that improves, instead of destabilizes, our healthcare system".

The senator from SC continued, saying "we need to have a game plan to get this done, and I am confident that if we got on the floor of the United States Senate talking about a block grant, Republicans would rally all over the country and come to our side and the average American would pick state-controlled health care over Bernie Sanders Washington-based health care".

As a Senate panel tries to agree on a bipartisan fix to stabilize the Affordable Care Act, some Democrats appear willing to part with the law's controversial individual mandate - as long as there is an adequate replacement.

The goal, according to Cassidy, is to "equalize" federal spending per patient between states that receive extra Medicaid dollars through Obamacare and those that do not. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. and various Democrats to unveil a new single-payer bill that would cover all Americans under a more comprehensive version of Medicare.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, is addressing CSRs and other market stabilizers during four hearings being held with insurance commissioners, governors and stakeholders, including Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernie Tyson.

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The U.S. Congress was wrestling with healthcare again, as lawmakers from both parties considered some approaches beyond simply repealing and replacing Obamacare. That may help win Republican votes, but one pill that will be tough for conservatives to swallow is the bill preserves most Obamacare taxes, though it does repeal the tax on medical devices.

The Graham-Cassidy bill has yet to gain full Republican support. Elizabeth Warren of MA, have already signed on to Mr. Sanders' bill. There were 14 of 17 Nevada counties set to be without a public insurance provider until Sandoval's office was able to convince an insurance company to step in.

If you want a single payer health care system, this is your worst nightmare.

So, Graham knows this is likely the last chance the GOP has to repeal the ACA. One of the leading industry advocates - America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) - does not think single-payer is the way to fix the problems with the US health care system. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Graham to line-up support and get a CBO score, Graham said.

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