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Haslam backs last-ditch effort to replace Affordable Care Act

Sep 21, 2017, 00:39
Haslam backs last-ditch effort to replace Affordable Care Act

"And guess what? The new bill does none of those things", Kimmel said.

The Graham-Cassidy plan would allow states to opt out of some consumer protections and waive regulations requiring insurers to include certain benefits, as well as end the expansion of the Medicaid insurance program for the poor and disabled.

In a statement released on Monday, Ducey said the proposal is the "best path forward to repeal and replace Obamacare" and that he will work with Congress and the Trump administration to "give states more flexibility and more options moving forward". Conservative senators Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) haven't said definitively whether they will support or oppose the bill, with Lee showing more openness on this legislation that prior efforts.

Whether to repeal the taxes enacted to fund the Affordable Care Act - more commonly known as Obamacare - as part of health-care or tax legislation has been a divisive issue for the GOP.

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The newest Republican Obamacare repeal bill will come to the Senate floor next week, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office said.

"Not only did Bill Cassidy fail the Jimmy Kimmel test, he failed the Bill Cassidy test", Kimmel said. However, in many states like MA, which has expanded health care coverage the most since the ACA's implementation, the bill would mean deep cuts.

The bill comes two months after a previous failed repeal effort in the Senate and is a last-ditch push by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and the Trump administration ahead of a September 30 deadline for Senate action.

Speaking directly to Cassidy, Kimmel said, "Stop using my name, all right, 'cause I don't want my name on it".

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"I am disappointed that Republican leaders have made a decision to freeze this bipartisan approach and are trying to jam through a partisan Trumpcare bill", she said.

But the Graham-Cassidy bill does not contain those guarantees.

McCain was the dramatic deciding vote against the Obamacare repeal in July. Of the 27 Republican senators representing those states, none has yet signaled opposition to the bill.

The bill would end for one year federal funding to states that pay for lower-income women on Medicaid to get reproductive health services at Planned Parenthood.

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Sen. Patty Murray is involved in that bipartisan effort as the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee.

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