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Greenspan Backs Bid to Replace Obamacare With Grants to States

15 September, 2017, 00:38 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • The Final Obamacare Repeal-and-Replace Scheme Is Headed for a Ditch

The senators argued their bill would give control over health care back to the states. And this proposal is not likely to be any more popular, given the cuts being suggested.

Repeals the Obamacare Medical Device Tax. Soaring premiums have been a persistent problem for individuals enrolled on the Obamacare state exchanges.

"We request that the Committee on Ways and Means, especially our Subcommittee on Health, likewise hold bipartisan hearings to set the course for expeditious action to stabilize individual insurance markets and lower costs", they wrote. Funds would be dispersed based on how much they receive under Obamacare. He said the deal passed by Congress to extend the borrowing limit to December 8 doesn't eliminate the so-called "extraordinary measures" the Treasury secretary can use to keep borrowing. The bill would also, for the first time in history, place a federal spending cap on Medicaid.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., will lead a group of fellow Republicans - Sens.




"If he makes it a high-profile issue, it sharpens the mind, gets them on board", Mr. Cassidy said, referring to Mr. Trump. Graham and Cassidy argued the formula would fix existing inequities in Obamacare.

"Behind me is the only thing standing between you and single-payer health care", Graham said. Graham said the agency has been reviewing the bill for about a week.

Returns power to the states and patients by equalizing the treatment between Medicaid Expansion and Non-expansion States through an equitable block grant distribution. The block grants would also be risk-adjusted to give more aid to states with older and sicker residents. The Senate parliamentarian has ruled that this fiscal year's reconciliation bill-the Senate's annual shot at passing legislation that can't be filibustered-will expire by September 30. "We want to work to make it more accessible, not to take it away". "But we got to stay focused on getting healthy people in the pool, either with a stick or with a carrot". According to a Senate aide, Republican leadership has privately made it clear the bill is a top priority. Kellyanne Conway recently said Trump would sign Graham-Cassidy if it reached his desk. "I don't know", said Edmund Haislmaier, a senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation. "This is the most important thing I believe I'll ever be involved in as a member of the United States Senate". Democratic hopefuls for president in 2020 - Warren, Booker, Gillibrand and Harris - are not only throwing their weight behind the bill, they are attaching their names to it. "I thank Senators Graham and Cassidy for their leadership, and I urge my colleagues to join us in supporting a plan that allows our governors and legislatures the flexibility to support programs that are now working in our states and to explore new options to address coverage and cost".

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