GOP senators make last ObamaCare repeal pitch

The Final Obamacare Repeal-and-Replace Scheme Is Headed for a Ditch

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The senators debuted their legislation hours before a scheduled press conference by Sen.

"My Administration has consistently worked to enact legislation that repeals and replaces Obamacare, and that can pass the Senate and make it to my desk", Trump said. "We need people on board now to stop what I think is inevitable if we fail". Graham-Cassidy defunds Planned Parenthood and redirects the money to community health centers. John McCain, one of the three no votes that killed the last repeal attempt.

Republicans have been searching for eight months now to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

For one thing, the bill, H.R. 1628, would rely on block grants. That would benefit the health care efforts of those states, like SC, that declined the temporary inducement of 100 percent federal funding for Medicaid expansion, recognizing the financial burden down the road.

The bill would eliminate the Affordable Care Act tax on medical devices but leave most of the other taxes in place. Yuval Levin, editor of National Affairs and a leading health-care expert, said that the bill looked like the "most coherent" GOP health-care plan considered this year. The bill would block federal funding to Planned Parenthood, which is reimbursed by Medicaid for non-abortion services. In late June, protesters with ADAPT, a nonprofit advocacy group for disabled individuals, protested the deep cuts to Medicaid in the BCRA. Bernie Sanders' single-payer bill, which also was introduced on Wednesday. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Dean Heller (R-NV) is a disaster for small business owners and their communities.

The effort was being watched closely by companies such as Anthem Inc, which has trimmed the number of states and counties in which it will sell Obamacare plans in 2018.

The timing is of the announcement is particularly notable.


Official numbers are not yet known because the Congressional Budget Office has yet to score the bill sponsored by Sens.

Separately, independent Senator Bernie Sanders, a 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, was pushing a plan to widen the Medicare health insurance program for seniors, to include everyone. Sanders' plan would essentially create a single-payer system which would guarantee insurance for the estimated 28 million Americans without insurance, and make insurance less complicated and less expensive, according to CBS News. Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Brian Schatz of Hawaii, and Tom Udall of New Mexico all plan to attend Sanders announcement Wednesday. "They have been coming after my health care all this year", Packard said.

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