15 September, 2017
Nonetheless, on Wednesday, Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy (probably along with co-sponsor Dean Heller) will unveil the latest version of the health-care bill they first announced in late July.
Eliminating the enhanced federal match provided under the ACA for Medicaid expansion, capping and cutting the federal contribution to Medicaid, replacing guaranteed federal funding with optional block grants, and allowing states to impose work requirements under Medicaid that would cause millions of the most vulnerable to lose coverage. "Every time that I think I can finally sleep at night, they come out with another bad bill - because my Affordable Care Act policy is what's keeping me alive".
The bill is the antithesis to single payer system proposed by Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a plan that is gaining consumer support.
"Here's what they're doing: they're comparing funding levels under their block grant in 2026 to funding levels under the ACA in 2020". While Congress could pass language defunding Planned Parenthood in the next fiscal year's tax-reform reconciliation bill, the Graham-Cassidy plan is the only realistic way to stop Obamacare's funding of elective abortion. Soaring premiums have been a persistent problem for individuals enrolled on the Obamacare state exchanges.
And Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin is supporting Senator Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All bill.
In one Senate committee, a bipartisan effort was under way on Tuesday to fix Obamacare without repealing it, led by the Republican health committee chairman, Lamar Alexander, and the panel's top Democrat, Patty Murray.
The Bank of Canada's increase in its key interest rate again
That followed unexpectedly healthy growth in the first three months of 2017 and easily exceeded the Bank of Canada's projections. At this meeting, there was no new Monetary Policy Report (MPR) and Governor Poloz will not be holding a press conference.
Many states would get more money under the bill than they do now.
The Tennessee senator said Tuesday that he hopes to have a bill finalized "early next week in order to be able to hand it to Senator McConnell and Schumer in time to deal with it before the end of the month". Elizabeth Warren of MA, have already signed on to Mr. Sanders' bill.
Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., has urged a more bipartisan approach to reforming the health care system to avoid partisan overhauls with each change of presidential administrations. There were 14 of 17 Nevada counties set to be without a public insurance provider until Sandoval's office was able to convince an insurance company to step in.
One thing is known for sure, Sanders has brought forth, even with a lack of details, the most popular single-payer bill to hit the national political stage. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Graham to line-up support and get a CBO score, Graham said.
Continued cost-sharing reduction payments are not addressed in the bill because CSRs can not be approved through budget reconciliation.
So, Graham knows this is likely the last chance the GOP has to repeal the ACA.