Republican Healthcare Bill Will Get Less Than 2 Minutes Of Debate Time

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Lindsey Graham of SC not only fails the "Jimmy Kimmel test", but also what he called the "Bill Cassidy test".

Partially as a response to the recent Medicare for All bill introduced by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders - and co-sponsored by a number of possible 2020 presidential contenders - Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy recently introduced the aptly named "Graham-Cassidy" Obamacare repeal bill.

On Sept. 19, 10 Republican and Democrat governors, including Ohio Governor John Kasich, Alaska Governor Bill Walker and Colorado Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper, wrote a joint letter to the Senate Majority and Minority leaders demanding Graham-Cassidy not be brought to a vote.

Joining us now to talk about what this latest Republican health care bill would do is NPR health policy correspondent Alison Kodjak. The effort faces a daunting September 30 deadline to pass as a 2017 budgetary reconciliation bill. I haven't read the bill and have just skimmed over some of the pertinent details.

Senate Republicans plan to vote on the legislation before the CBO releases a score on its effects. This has led to speculation that her vote can be bought. "It's in draft form right now and they're still working on the equation, so we want to know what it means for the state of Arizona and we're doing our own analysis", Ducey said.

Operation Rescue's Troy Newman piled on to the FRC and SBA List's statement, saying, "A health care bill can be improved upon later, but it is imperative that the funding of businesses that conduct abortion be ended now".

With Democrats unanimously opposed, McConnell can not afford to lose even one more Republican senator.

"When I won I would go to the Oval Office, sit down at my desk and there would be a healthcare bill on my desk, to be honest, and it hasn't worked out that way and I think a lot of Republicans are embarrassed by it", Trump said.

The healthcare debate has re-opened and health care advocacy group Save My Care is back to try and end it for the last time. The block grant approach comes from a major welfare reform law that Santorum helped author in 1996.

GOP senators from states like West Virginia and OH - where Medicaid coverage was expanded to more people - face the prospect of supporting the loss of millions of dollars that help people afford medical coverage.

When looked at on a per person basis, however, Oregon, Vermont and MA would see the greatest funding losses at more than $2,000 in 2026, the New York Times' analysis of the CBPP estimates found.

Private market rules will remain the same, but states would be allowed to waive rating rules based on health status ratings and age. Maybe they can convince us that getting less coverage with higher premiums is a good thing.

Stein: But why does this bill make things better for Americans? His administration has used Medicaid money for treatment.

According to the CBPP estimates, NY would lose $18 billion in 2026; MA, $5 billion; Kentucky, $3 billion; Pennsylvania, $850 million; West Virginia, $554 million; and in, $425 million.

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