Instead of providing Obamacare's tax credits, cost-sharing payments (which President Donald Trump threatened to stop paying), and Medicaid expansion, the federal government would provide block grants to states.
Continued cost-sharing reduction payments are not addressed in the bill because CSRs can not be approved through budget reconciliation.
It slows the growth of Medicaid spending, which by 2027 will be over $650 billion in spending.
A system of USA government-run healthcare for all is anathema to many Republicans, who think the hybrid Obamacare system in which government subsidizes private health insurance already was a step too far. If this bill passed, it would lead to the collapse of the individual market, the inability of states to expand coverage, and loss of coverage for millions of Americans.
"With Heller and Trump repeatedly trying to take this away, all they're doing is giving more insecurity to the insurance companies, more insecurity to people that rely on the ACA and Medicaid", Merlino said.
"There's a lot of fight left in the Republican Party" on repeal, Graham said. Mary Fallin endorsed the repeal bill in exclusive statements to Breitbart News. Gov. Johnson said about 100,000 people in Wisconsin have paid the penalty for not having insurance. That pool would grow almost 50 percent in six years, reaching $200 billion in 2026. States that expanded Medicaid would experience even deeper reductions as the bill would shift money to achieve "parity" with non-expansion states. If the senators' 2015 words meant anything, they will push for a vote on the bill before the end of September. That includes IN ($1.3 billion more IN 2026 relative to current law), Missouri ($1.1 billion more), Wisconsin ($1.1 billion more) and Virginia ($2.7 billion more).
Senator Bernie Sanders walks to the U.S. Capitol. REUTERS Joshua Roberts
"We think it's a blue solution and a red solution".
Nonetheless, on Wednesday, Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy (probably along with co-sponsor Dean Heller) will unveil the latest version of the health-care bill they first announced in late July.
"I leaned from experience 20 years ago that when reforming an entitlement that the best way to do that, particularly an entitlement that shouldn't be at the federal level - that should be at the state level - that you talk to governors", he said. Bill Cassidy released a repeal bill Wednesday morning that it says could still pass before the GOP's two-and-a-half week window of opportunity closes.
"We are in the fourth quarter with about 30 seconds left", said Sen.
At the Senate health committee's fourth health care hearing this month, Chairman Lamar Alexander said that "it's clear to truly protect patients, we need to stabilize the markets, limit premium increases, and begin to lower premiums in the future".