Senate GOP Closes In on Votes to Pass Obamacare Repeal

Posted September 16, 2017

Meanwhile, Sanders, I-Vt., who caucuses with Democrats, was unveiling legislation that would allow Americans to get health care simply by showing a government-issued card. "Get on the phone, start calling people".

The measure has no chance of becoming law with Trump in the White House and Republicans controlling Congress.

Graham said Thursday that if the vote were held now "47 or 48" senators would support it, putting it just shy of passage. That's one reason that Obamacare hasn't been popular, but it also means that Republicans could falsely claim to have "repealed and replaced" it and most people wouldn't notice. Cassidy and Graham hope "the Senate Republican leadership and possibly President Donald Trump to lend support in the coming days, to push it over the finish line". It has attracted 16 co-sponsors, one-third of all Senate Democrats, though most are from safely Democratic states.

"I just don't care about the coverage numbers, because their methodology has proven to be wrong", he said of CBO. Bernie Sanders proposing universal government-run coverage.

For now, the authors of the last-ditch repeal-and-replace bill, Sens.

On the other side of the aisle, Sen. The new plans would cover a wide variety of services, including hospital and emergency care, primary and preventative care services, prescription drugs, mental health services, and reproductive care, including abortions. The bill would forbid states from using its funding to subsidize health plans that offer abortion coverage, the Journal reported.

Only 27 percent of Democratic voters and 46 percent of Independent voters believed that "Taking action to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act" was either an extremely or very important priority. The individual mandate requires most Americans to have insurance coverage or pay a fine. They lied at every turn. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., another possible presidential hopeful, told the crowd about Obama's law. Naturally, California and NY are two of them.

Sanders provided no details about the price tag of his measure or how it would be financed. Capping and block-granting Medicaid, repealing the Medicaid expansion, and undermining protections for people with pre-existing conditions would harm working families, especially low-income and communities of color, and is not the path forward that the nation wants. Sanders says most people and employers would save money.

Although Sanders' proposal omits details of the cost, a prior plan he endorsed during the 2016 campaign would have cost $1.4 trillion annually. Copayments would be allowed for prescription drugs.

The block-grant formula would generally redistribute money away from states that expanded Medicaid under Obamacare and spread them across the country, boosting the amount of federal money headed to states - largely controlled by Republicans - that refused to expand Medicaid. Cassidy said he's had discussions with Edwards about the law but didn't anticipate the endorsement of the governor - or any other Democratic governors or US senators. It gives patients a voice in health care [that] they'll never have through a single-payer health care system.

"The idea that the Republican party has done its best to repeal and replace Obamacare is a joke", Graham said at Tuesday's Capitol Hill press conference. And after three failed attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare, Republicans don't seem too keen on jumping back into the fight. I'm sick of it. Democrats are sick of it. Republicans are sick of it.