Louisiana's U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy is having trouble persuading leaders in his own state to back his proposal to undo President Barack Obama's health law. Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski voted with McCain against the last "skinny repeal" effort; neither has said one way or another how she feels about the new bill.
"Senate Republicans have now drafted a fourth "health care" bill, entirely behind closed doors, without hearing from patients, families, doctors, hospitals, health plans and advocates". Senate Republican leaders hope to use the "budget reconciliation process" (deadline September 30) to pass the repeal legislation and tax cuts, avoiding the need for a 60 vote supermajority. Graham and Mr. Cassidy can demonstrate they have the 50 votes necessary to pass it.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the Republican chairman of the committee, said then he would work with Sen. The deadline is also too soon for the Congressional Budget Officer, which tweeted Monday that it would take "at least several weeks" to estimate the measure's effect on coverage and premiums.
"I have got Alan Greenspan, Jeb Bush and Steve Bannon" behind the bill, Graham said, according to the Times.
"There is no question that this bill will undermine care for vulnerable seniors and individuals with disabilities who rely on Medicaid for their daily long-term care", Parkinson said.
"This bill would keep our promise to the American people, and finally give us the health care we all deserve", Cassidy told supporters Monday in an email.
It would dismantle the Affordable Care Act's system of exchanges by ending subsidies, and it would end Medicaid expansion by 2020, leaving states to create a whole new mechanism to provide health insurance - with less money. Under that bill, Medicaid funding would have been capped for each state.
Graham-Cassidy would further cripple Medicaid by putting a per-person cap on what the federal government spends on the program.