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Graham's Final Warning: Repeal Obamacare or Get 'Full-Blown Single-Payer Socialism'

Graham's Final Warning: Repeal Obamacare or Get 'Full-Blown Single-Payer Socialism'”

A number of Republicans are jumping on board a proposal by Sens.

Gov. Henry McMaster said on September 18, 2017, in Columbia that he was studying a new U.S. Senate bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, but he wasn't ready to fully endorse the plan. Putting aside the firm's current woes - it is now implicated in a state public corruption scandal - clients tended to reflect the more establishment, mainstream strains of the Republican Party.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Monday sounded the alarm against the latest Republican proposal to repeal Obamacare.

"Democrats in the Senate will not stop fighting to protect Americans from the Republicans' unsafe plan", he added. "The GOP is back w/ another version of #Trumpcare & it's no better than their last plan". The plan would ultimately block grant health care to the states and governors would design health care systems within their own states. Republicans control 52 of the Senate's 100 seats.

Graham said last week that McConnell said he was "all in" to help the two bill sponsors round up the 50 votes to pass the bill.

"They're going nuts. They're going absolutely insane", Graham said.

And all this is assuming no other Republicans defect, even though Graham-Cassidy includes steep Medicaid cuts - an idea that gave many Republicans serious pause in previous incarnations. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who voted for the failed "skinny repeal" bill in July.

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"No conservative should vote for a rebranded trillion dollar spending program just because it adds some block grants", Paul wrote Monday on Twitter. On an entirely separate track, Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray have been working on a possible bipartisan deal that would stabilize Obamacare insurance markets in exchange for less restrictive conditions on the kind of waivers states can obtain to experiment using Obamacare and Medicaid money.

Democrats warned that the bill would be very costly for some states and urged the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to study more than the measure's effect on the federal budget.

McCain said Monday on MSNBC he would consider supporting the plan, but was waiting for input from Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, R.

"I can't support a bill that keeps 90% of Obamacare in place".

"We are two votes short", Graham said in a weekend interview with Breitbart News. "It's time for them to get the job done". "It is his dream and that's where Democrats are going".

On a personal level, McMaster declining to support Graham's health care gambit could be viewed as a slight to a longtime friend.

All of these changes would put us on a slippery slope leading to the elimination of guaranteed insurance issue, elimination of premiums that are community rated, and elimination of guaranteed benefits for mental health and substance use care.

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With the proposed block grant, Cassidy said, "we equalize how much each American receives toward her care, irrespective of where she lives". Still, it isn't clear that the measure would have enough support to pass the chamber.

GCHJ also eliminates the inequity of three states receiving 37 percent of Obamacare funds and brings all states to funding parity by 2026. Those states have only Democratic senators, but have some GOP House members. The liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said Friday the bill would "significantly" cut federal funding for health coverage over the next decade.

The block grant is run through CHIP and is subject to a mandatory appropriation. "Two weeks ago, I'd have said zero [chance it'll pass], but now I'm anxious". As a result, it will redistribute a lot of money from the 31 expansion states to the 19 non-expansion states.

What happens if these Republican senators fail?

Repeals the Obamacare Medical Device Tax. The state's Medicaid plan now gets about $8.5 billion a year in federal funding, according to its July report to the Legislature.

"Doing nothing is not an option", said Senator Bill Cassidy, who has worked with Senator Lindsey Graham to push the bill.

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