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Democrats urge full review of Republicans' 11th-hour attack on Obamacare

Democrats urge full review of Republicans' 11th-hour attack on Obamacareā€

Just when the effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act appeared to be dead, a last-ditch push to obliterate the law could be nearing a showdown vote in the Senate, and a handful of Republicans insist they are closing in on the votes. But some of the same GOP senators who blocked various stages of earlier repeal efforts are withholding their support.

"States that expanded Medicaid access to the newly eligible population under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are particularly at risk under this latest bill", Fitch said.

Meanwhile, Graham told Breitbart on Saturday that almost 20 Republican governors had already pledged their support of his bill. Cassidy says he's certain they have 48 or 49 Republican votes for his bill. The authors of the bill say they intend to reduce expected federal payments to high-cost states like MA and increase federal payments to states that have not expanded Medicaid.

On Sunday, McCain repeated his view that a health plan needs to go through the committee process and gain bipartisan support - both of which are unlikely with the clock ticking and Democrats united against an Obamacare replacement.

And now Graham can't even get his own state's governor, a member of his own Republican party, to go along. But Trump has been banging the drum on Twitter for weeks, and health care experts and Congressional watchers have begun to talk about the increasing likelihood of Graham's bill passing.

Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy (La.), left, and Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.) at a news conference last week on health care.

Republican Sen. Rand Paul met with primary care providers at a roundtable in Crestwood.

"We need to return the power back to the states and patients", tweeted Bill Cassidy.

The proposal would end the Medicaid expansion part of Obama's law that has added about 400,000 Arizonans to the state's health insurance program for the poor.

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That timing is crucial because Republicans controlling the Senate 52-48 have only September 30 to succeed with just 50 votes.

With the proposed block grant, Cassidy said, "we equalize how much each American receives toward her care, irrespective of where she lives".

Not all the Senate's conservatives back the bill. As a result, it will redistribute a lot of money from the 31 expansion states to the 19 non-expansion states. Some Republicans from states that lose money under the block grant could balk.

According to McAuliffe, the Cassidy-Graham measure would mean higher insurance premiums, remove protection for people with pre-existing conditions and remove the requirement that insurance policies cover basic, essential medical services.

[L] ike BCRA, the proposal would allow states to elect to run a portion of their traditional Medicaid programs as a block grant, with more freedom to eliminate eligibility groups whose coverage is now mandatory, eliminate mandatory benefits, and make other changes that reduce Medicaid spending by withdrawing assistance.

Still, Republicans campaigned on the promise of repealing Obamacare, and many don't want to give up.

"It's not the repeal of Obamacare that was promised", wrote FreedomWorks' legislative affairs vice president Jason Pye on Saturday.

It's not clear, however, if the proposal can win support from 50 of 52 GOP Senators.

"I applaud the Senate for continuing to work toward a solution to relieve the disastrous Obamacare burden on the American people", Trump said in a statement. "#GrahamCassidy is not repeal or replace, it is more Obamacare Lite".



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