Four Republican senators on Wednesday introduced a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare, urging their leadership and President Trump to support it.
Republicans have been searching for eight months now to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Congress would have to act again in 2026 to continue funding for the bill, which is written with only a 10-year horizon. The Cassidy-Graham bill faces obstacles including internal divisions among Republicans and a very short window before Congress plans to leave town. Soaring premiums have been a persistent problem for individuals enrolled on the Obamacare state exchanges.
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But some experts are skeptical that auto-enrollment could work on its own; they recommend pairing it with policies, such as late-enrollment penalties, to encourage people to obtain health insurance. The Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson plan is the most viable solution to achieving our health care reform goals by recognizing Obamacare's failed one-size-fits-all approach and returning power to the states.
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This spring and summer, when Republicans pushed forward various Obamacare repeal bills that would deeply cut Medicaid spending, Sen. It is likely that they would also protest this bill. Dean Heller (R-NV), and Sen. Moreover, one of the GOP senators who wound up supporting skinny repeal, Rand Paul, has announced opposition to Graham-Cassidy. 12 other senators have signed onto Sanders' bill.
Senator Alexander said, "I want a result that gives states flexibility in the approval of coverage, choices, and prices for health insurance".
Jennings, who served as a senior health care adviser to former President Barack Obama, said replacing the individual mandate with a system based on auto-enrollment would be complicated. That does not leave a lot of time, but Turner said she believes it is possible. Johnson said. "Returning more health care decisions to the states and ensuring equal treatment for states like Wisconsin that spend taxpayer dollars wisely will allow local leaders to tailor their health care system to the needs of its citizens while maintaining protections for those with high cost and pre-existing conditions".
But according to the Congressional Budget Office, several of the proposals in this bill would actually increase the federal deficit, including the proposed elimination of cost-sharing payments. So we need people on board now to stop what I think is inevitable if we fail - which is single-payer health care for all, which is the end of quality, and the end of a sustainable federal budget.