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Most States Would Take Hit From GOP Health Bill, Study Finds

21 September 2017, 12:36 | Sheila Mcguire

Sen. Rand Paul R-Ky. has already urged his fellow conservatives to vote against the bill as he says it's not a true Obamacare repeal

Sen. Rand Paul R-Ky. has already urged his fellow conservatives to vote against the bill as he says it's not a true Obamacare repeal

With special rules preventing a Democratic filibuster set to expire in 10 days, President Donald Trump and the GOP-led Congress aim to quickly pass the bill sponsored by Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, would, among other things, replace federal funding received by states through the ACA with block grants through 2026.

Hogan said parts of the law that work need to be kept and parts that don't work need to be improved - all in a way that protects Marylanders' coverage and stops rates from continually skyrocketing. But Paul calls Graham-Cassidy "Obamacare Lite" and says he will be voting no. Lindsey O. Graham, R-S.C., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., - would essentially turn control of the healthcare markets over to states by converting funding for the ACA into block grants that a state could use to develop any healthcare system it wants.

"I have opposed initial measures that have been introduced on the House and early in the Senate because they represented a cost shift to the states", he said.

On Wednesday night, Jimmy Kimmel laced into Republican Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana for proposing new health care legislation that Kimmel said fails the "Jimmy Kimmel" test Cassidy himself had proposed in an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last May.

Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy appeared on Kimmel's show that same week and coined the phrase "The Jimmy Kimmel test" - could a middle class family be able to pay for an operation like Billy's?

It has the potential to do even more damage to the American people than previous GOP health care proposals.

Republicans are still trying to attack healthcare, attempting to push a bill through without a complete CBO score to beat the September 30 deadline. "Going back to this Trumpcare 2, Graham-Cassidy, would shut down that bipartisanship that Americans yearns for". While on Tuesday he defended a vote for the skinny bill because it was "silent" on Obamacare's spending, on Monday he seemed to argue that any bill that didn't affirmatively cut Obamacare's spending would be unacceptable.

The Senate's longshot Obamacare repeal bill is starting to look possible. "Money direct to States!" John McCain. Would he step back in line with fellow Republicans now that there was a bill co-written by Lindsey Graham of SC, his best friend in the Senate?

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