The latest revisions to the Graham-Cassidy plan sweeten the pot for states where key senators remain undecided. And how that intractability of the "no" votes proves one basic fact: There is no repeal and replace bill that can get 50 GOP votes in this Senate. But our Republican Senators are still trying to pass this new bill, because they don't actually care what you think, they want you to think what they think. It seemed to be a little bit more of a show hearing to make it seem like the bill's going through that process. "This week the future of healthcare in IL and across the United States will be decided by one or two votes", Durbin said.
House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) (CBO estimate: May 24): That projection from May, based on the House bill, projected that 23 million more people would be left uninsured over that same time period. At a hearing Monday morning, several demonstrators had to be handcuffed and removed by police.
McCain is among those concerned about the bill's cuts to Medicaid. "This is not a financial type of situation, this is life".
Graham and Cassidy defended their legislation, which preserves some of the federal funding of Barack Obama's ACA but converts it to a system of block grants to the 50 USA states.
All the money from those programs would be rolled up and redistributed to states in the form of block grants.
Many of these people will not have health insurance because they choose not to.
Collins' announcement makes it nearly impossible for senators to reach that threshold, unless they can persuade either Sen. U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Kentucky U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) - would have severely cut federal Medicaid support, forcing states like MA that expanded coverage under Obamacare to either foot the bill or allow needy residents to go uninsured. "What would I do?" Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., defended Obamacare and promoted a universal health care system.
"Health care is a right, not a privilege for those who can afford it", Senate Democrat Mazie Hirono, who was invited to testify, said as she described being diagnosed earlier this year with stage four kidney cancer.
Due to their narrow majority and unified Democratic opposition, Republicans can lose just two GOP votes and still push the legislation through the Senate. In the event of a tie, Vice President Mike Pence could cast a vote to break it. "And since Graham-Cassidy is a lot less money, a lot fewer people will get covered".
Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-SC, a lead sponsor of the bill, said the Senate would revisit his legislation after it tries to pass tax reform legislation.