The Cassidy-Graham health-care bill is bad legislation, and the only reason it has a shot at passing next week is Republicans' breathtaking cynicism.
Stabenow on Monday said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that she doubts the bill will pass, but that the new version has changed a few provisions, including protections for those with preexisting conditions. McCain indicated on Friday he'd oppose the bill because it wasn't going through regular order, while Collins and Murkowski said they want to better understand how it would affect their own states. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, have voted against other repeal efforts. "Not understanding the implications, I think, has people really nervous". A Lee aide did not immediately answer a request for comment.
In the joint letter, industry organizations said the bill should be rejected because it does not protect people with pre-existing conditions, dramatically cuts Medicaid, weakens the individual market and has an unworkable timeline.
The Graham-Cassidy Bill is the third attempt by House and Senate Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Bill Cassidy, R-La., Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis. Officials say studies like Kaiser's don't fully account for the bill's market stabilization features.
The bill, which is sponsored by Sens.
Rather than remake America's health care system, which accounts for one-sixth of the nation's economy, in the next five days, lawmakers should go back to the bipartisan approach to fixing the Affordable Care Act that began this summer. Senate Republicans can only lose two votes and still pass the bill; Sens. McCain, Collins and Rand Paul in opposing it.
Indeed, Paul's office has already said that having seen the new amendments, Paul remains opposed to the bill.
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who has been working with Cassidy and Graham on the legislation, told CNN that not taking action now will leave Republicans stuck with the blame on any future problems that arise in the health care system.
Republicans have revised their bill in hopes of winning votes needed to avert defeat. Even with those expedited procedures, Republicans can afford to lose only two of their 52 members, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the resulting tie.
Currently, McCain, Collins, and Sen.
"It is very hard for me to envision a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill", Collins said. Her standard, set in June, is simple, and appropriate: A Senate bill should not reduce the number of people with health insurance.
The Senate Finance Committee plans on holding the first hearing today on the bill. "We need a robust Medicaid program that is not capped, that is not block-granted, that its money is not used for other things by states".
The latest GOP bill to repeal Obamacare would impose a per capita cap on how much money the federal government offers states for Medicaid, which would decrease spending on the program by hundred of billions of dollars. Florida features a competitive Senate race in 2018 for the seat now held by Democrat Bill Nelson, a supporter of the Obama health law. 129, which allows the state with the highest separate poverty guideline - Alaska - to receive a 25 percent hike in federal matching funds for Medicaid.
Her likely opposition leaves the Republican drive to fulfill one of the party's chief campaign promises dangling by a thread.