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7 Ways the GOP's Last Ditch Obamacare Replacement Could Affect You

Rand Paul, R-Ky., who voted for the failed "skinny repeal" bill in July. Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana to replace the Affordable Care Act's insurance subsidies with block grants to states, which would decide how to help people get health coverage.

[L] ike BCRA, the proposal would allow states to elect to run a portion of their traditional Medicaid programs as a block grant, with more freedom to eliminate eligibility groups whose coverage is now mandatory, eliminate mandatory benefits, and make other changes that reduce Medicaid spending by withdrawing assistance.

The bill being considered has been proposed by Sen.

This is a welcome return to federalist principles that the GOP had forgotten when crafting their earlier ObamaCare replacement bills.

Another twist that could adversely affect Medicaid-expansion states is that they will not be able to use the new block-grant money to reenroll people in Medicaid: If they want to cover them, it will have to be via private health insurance.

This proposal removes the decisions from Washington and gives states significant latitude over how the dollars are used to best take care of the unique health care needs of the patients in each state. Republican (and sometimes Democratic) governors have always been cheerleaders for this concept, though they are generally not as willing as members of Congress or conservative activists to contemplate a compete federal abandonment of Medicaid to the states at some point down the road.

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A one-party bill is "not the way to do it", McCain said on "Face the Nation" on CBS. He added, "Congress has 12 days to say "yes" to Graham-Cassidy".

Not all the Senate's conservatives back the bill. Dean Heller of Nevada and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin - are backing the measure too.

"I can't support a bill that keeps 90% of Obamacare in place", Paul tweeted. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) have sponsored.

Because the measure strives to equalize Medicaid funding between states, some Republicans from Medicaid expansion states in the House could find it hard to support. The liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said Friday the bill would "significantly" cut federal funding for health coverage over the next decade.

It would also shift money around in ways that would, on the whole, hurt states that have been trying to get health coverage to their less affluent residents. "Nevertheless, FreedomWorks is treating it as what is likely to be the last serious attempt to reform Obamacare". Nor can he get the enthusastic backing of his fellow senator, also a Republican, who so far has said only he likes the framework of the legislation.

And the House, which is away next week, would have to swiftly take up and pass another politically perilous bill before October 1- they approved their own Obamacare replacement in May - to clear the way for Mr. Trump's signature. "Inaction is not an option, and I sincerely hope that Senators Graham and Cassidy have found a way to address the Obamacare crisis".

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