GOP readies what may be its final attempt to repeal Obamacare

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"I can't support a bill that keeps 90% of Obamacare in place". Republicans control 52 of the Senate's 100 seats.

The Cassidy-Graham bill, in contrast, is comparatively simple and straightforward.

"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. The plan would ultimately block grant health care to the states and governors would design health care systems within their own states.

As Sanders made clear, the Graham-Cassidy Bill is as draconian as previous repeal-and-replace bills.

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.

You'd think Graham-Cassidy would be catnip for a number of the 17 Republican governors from non-expansion states, many of whom are itching for the freedom to cut Medicaid anyway. Graham went on Breitbart Radio this past weekend to brag about how his plan was "Bernie Sanders' worst nightmare", and to urge listeners to call their reps and badger them to hold a vote on repealing Obamacare.

Conservative Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has already said he'll oppose the measure because it doesn't do enough to erase Obama's law.

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The good news is that for technical reasons of parliamentary procedure, Graham-Cassidy has to pass by the end of this month, or not at all.

McCain said Monday on MSNBC he would consider supporting the plan, but was waiting for input from Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, R.

McConnell has asked the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office to speed up a financial analysis of the bill, and Democrats in the Senate and House said in a letter Monday that a comprehensive analysis is "essential" before any vote in Congress. It would also decrease funding for Medicaid in the future. "In the short-term non-expansion states may see gains under the bill given redistribution of ACA related spending streams".

Senator McCain is bosom buddies with Senate co-sponsor Lindsey Graham, so his "no" vote is not guaranteed again. Republican legislation, specifically this Republican legislation will result in the deaths of American citizens because Republicans are so damn greedy that all they care about are making sure we repeal those subsidies, give tax cuts to the wealthy and let their donors from the healthcare industry continue to reap massive profits while screwing over American consumers. The usual vehicle for proposing a gradual federal drawdown of Medicaid has been a "block grant", which offers states reduced federal funding in exchange for greater (or total) flexibility in running the program.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has not promised to bring the bill to the floor for a vote. McMaster, then the state's lieutenant governor, had endorsed Graham for president during the 2016 GOP primary campaign, before Graham dropped out in late 2015 and McMaster went on to become one of President Donald Trump's most ardent supporters.

"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. In other words, they are maintaining the GOP norm of lying both about the content of Obamacare and about what would replace it.

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