Gov. Doug Ducey says he supports latest health care repeal law

Geneva Matthews
September 19, 2017

"After two weeks of thinking bipartisanship, that flickering candle, might gain some new light, this is the last thing we need", Schumer, D-N.Y., said on the Senate floor.

Republicans who've not yet lined up behind the bill include Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins of Maine, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, John McCain of Arizona and Ohio's Rob Portman. The state's Medicaid plan now gets about $8.5 billion a year in federal funding, according to its July report to the Legislature. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. To pass the measure with a simple majority of 51 votes, the Senate must abide by certain rules and vote by September 30, which is the end of the government's fiscal year.

The House passed a repeal bill in early May, by a vote of 217-213.

Refusing to accept defeat, Graham and Cassidy have come up with yet another bill. Cassidy told reporters Friday he believes they are just two votes shy of the 50 votes needed to pass the measure using the reconciliation process.

A comprehensive CBO analysis is essential before Republicans force a hasty, unsafe vote on what is an extreme and destructive repeal bill.

The new element is a block grant.

Graham said during a press conference last week such endorsements from Republican Party leaders are critical to the bill's success. The allotments total $1.2 trillion over the seven years. Bill Cassidy (R-La.). States would receive a per-beneficiary allotment of federal money.

Past Republican proposals to dismantle Obamacare have been hampered, in part, by CBO estimates that showed the bills would have left millions more Americans without health insurance.

In a tweet, the Congressional Budget Office said it would have preliminary estimates of the bill's fiscal impact next week. The bill would temporarily block federal payments to the group.

"We're crunching those numbers", he said. By 2026, the per-beneficiary amount for each state would be within 10 percent of the national average. The president said he hoped "Senators Graham and Cassidy have found a way to address the Obamacare crisis". If they chose, states could abandon the ACA's regulations on insurers to provide certain "essential benefits" and charge the same premiums to people regardless of their health status.

Coverage, while theoretically available, could become unaffordable for some people with costly conditions like cancer or AIDS, health policy experts say. This is an important decision for the people of this state.

Cassidy played down that concern. It would also eliminate the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and slow down Medicaid spending over the next decade.

The governor's unwillingness to give a full-throated endorsement - or for that matter, any endorsement - won't sink the effort.

He may not like how the bill is funded through maintaining the current health law's taxes on the wealthy, which Republicans have routinely criticized. Some Republicans from states that lose money under the block grant could balk.

Two Republicans who did not support earlier efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Sen.

Baker said he anxious that, due to the way the bill had been designed, more densely populated states like MA with higher wages and higher health care costs than in other parts of the country would be penalized under the block grant formula.

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