Diana Shellenberger: Urge a no vote on Graham-Cassidy health care bill

Diana Shellenberger: Urge a no vote on Graham-Cassidy health care bill”

Health care should be a right. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has asked the Congressional Budget Office to make the bill's assessment a priority. But in a sign he remained short of votes, McConnell refused on Tuesday to commit to bringing the legislation up for a vote. The Graham-Cassidy bill is a document with a lot of complexities. "We know how this movie ends if we don't change it: We're going to have single-payer health care". Cassidy said more people will be covered under his bill "than under the status quo".

On Tuesday Sen. Alexander Lamar of Tennessee released a letter saying the bipartisan effort in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee is dead amid the new Graham-Cassidy push in the Senate.

In the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill, states will be allocated a certain amount of funds in the form of block grants between the year 2020 and 2026 to create their own individual health insurance systems. But what's even more exasperating is the fact that the vast majority of Republican senators who will actually VOTE this bill up or down haven't read it or even skimmed over it themselves. The early reception to the latest bill has been generally positive.

The plan is particularly popular among Democrats, with support from 67 percent of respondents, as well as a 46 percent plurality of independents.

As in July, much of the focus is on Arizona Sen.

All eyes are on Collins, as well as Sens.

Eric Holcomb has joined 14 other Republican governors in backing a last-ditch GOP effort to repeal former President Barack Obama's signature health care law. A last-minute committee hearing would be nothing more than a fig leaf disguising a reprehensibly partisan process in service of an unworthy bill. He has hammered Republicans for ditching "regular order" and ramming a bill through that has major consequences for tens of millions of Americans and the USA economy without hearings or any input from Democrats. "And guess what, the new bill does none of those things". McCain has indicated his governor's opinion would weigh heavily on his vote. Graham-Cassidy is "the only auto there is". She made a point this week to tell reporters that the proposal could be devastating to Maine's rural hospital system.

Murray, on the other hand, indicated that she wasn't yet ready to give up.

Murkowski is telling reporters she wants to see how the bill would affect Alaska. And Congress seems likely to let the Childrens Health Insurance Program expire on September 30, at least temporarily.

Republicans must vote on the bill by the end of next week or lose access to special budget rules that prevent Democrats from filibustering.

And yet, for some odd reason, Mitch McConnell ostensibly believes that he can convince Lisa Murkowski to vote for this thing - in fact, his entire legislative strategy depends on it.

With this bill, Santorum is back in the mix in Washington - enough that, for a brief moment, someone recently floated the idea that maybe Santorum could step in as House speaker, if conservatives revolt against Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

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