Jimmy Kimmel takes on Cassidy-Graham healthcare bill

Sens. Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham are behind the new bill which would turn Obamacare funding into block grants used for the states

Lindsey Graham of SC and Louisiana's Bill Cassidy - are still hunting for the 50 GOP votes they'd need to prevail over solid Democratic opposition.

"If your baby is going to die and it doesn't have to, it shouldn't matter how much money you make", Kimmel said.

In a conference call with reporters, Rob Portman seemed to be leaning toward supporting what's been called the Cassidy-Graham bill, which would cap Medicaid, and reduce federal funding and distribute it to states as block grants to use as they see fit. But Paul calls Graham-Cassidy "Obamacare Lite" and says he will be voting no.

"Not only did Bill Cassidy fail the Jimmy Kimmel test, he failed the Bill Cassidy test", Kimmel said. It's now just a handful of votes away from reaching the majority needed. Cassidy actually appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in May after the talk show host's emotional speech about his son's heart surgery.

The Graham-Cassidy proposal is a last-ditch GOP effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act before October 1 when the Senate will lose the opportunity to pass it with 50 votes. "Ends Ocare!" Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, Senate Republicans are attempting to dismantle the ACA and dramatically cut Medicaid with legislation co-authored by Sens. Bill Cassidy on his show to discuss health care.

"We have no real competition", Portman says."We have 42 of our 88 counties only have one insurer now, which is not competition".

Cassidy and Graham are rushing to get the bill ready for a floor vote ahead of a September 30 deadline to pass the bill under the special "budget reconciliation" rules that allow a bill to advance with only 51 votes instead of the usual 60.

Chad Griffin, president of HRC, also implored: 'Like its predecessors, this bill would undermine health care for millions of Americans and have a disproportionate impact on low-income senior citizens, women, children, LGBTQ people and people living with HIV. Organization leadership, in a letter to the Senate, said the bill violates the precept of "first do no harm". Lindsey Graham, are trying to rally 50 Republican votes to pass the bill.

And it would shift money from places like Maryland and DC, which expanded Medicaid, to places like Virginia, which did not.

The statement did not explicitly oppose the bill but said the group has "significant concerns" with it.

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