McAuliffe: Thumbs-down on Cassidy-Graham

All the tough decisions are kicked down to state capitals, usually with too little money to achieve the ends the block grant is supposed to realize.

And, crucially, past year far too many people were complacent; they assumed that Trump couldn't possibly become president, so they felt free to engage in trivial pursuits. Republicans have asked the Congressional Budget Office to rush a score of the Graham-Cassidy bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's, R-Ky., office confirmed Sunday.

The health care discussion was held at the Bluegrass Family Wellness Center.

Senate Republicans pushing to replace Obamacare with state block grants are making real noise before their window to act closes, insisting they are just one or two votes shy and that President Trump can nudge their last-gasp bill to victory.

According to reports, Republican efforts may be gaining steam once again, and could lead to a last-ditch effort to repeal the health care bill before the party's power to pass such legislation via a party-line vote expires later this month. Republicans technically have until September 30 before they lose the ability to pass a bill with just 50 votes plus Vice President Mike Pence. Of course not. Liberal states could keep ObamaCare in place, or use the money to finance single-payer health care.

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"We are two votes short", Graham said in a weekend interview with Breitbart News. A huge majority of voters, nearly 2-1, consider it a good thing that previous attempts at repealing and replacing Obamacare failed.

The simple fact is that all the major elements of the ACA - prohibiting discrimination by insurers based on medical history, requiring that people buy insurance even if they're now healthy, premium subsidies and Medicaid expansion that make insurance affordable even for those with lower incomes - are there because they're necessary.

"This week we need to be focused on defeating the Graham-Cassidy bill".

Yet there is a real chance that Graham-Cassidy, which is similar to but even worse than previous Republican proposals, will nonetheless become law, because not enough people are taking it seriously.

Under the plan, funding would be block-granted to the states based on their share of people who earn between 50 and 138 percent of the federal poverty level. States would be given flexibility on essential health benefit coverage.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., has spoken positively about the bill, as has Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

Negotiations were continuing on a separate bipartisan Senate effort to fix Obamacare without repealing it, with the differences narrowing between the two sides, a spokeswoman for Democratic Senator Patty Murray said.

Republican attempts to destroy Obamacare have repeatedly failed, and for very good reason.

Congress's nonpartisan budget analyst said it is working to provide a "preliminary assessment" of the latest Republican health-care bill by early next week but will not estimate how the measure would affect health insurance premiums or the number of people with medical coverage until later.

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