Graham-Cassidy bill could cause major healthcare cuts in Iowa

Friday, 22 Sep, 2017

And let's talk about an issue that is before Congress right now.

That's pretty much what sponsors of the GOP's latest, last-ditch repeal effort, pushed by U.S. Sens. Its chances of passing - just not clear.

In a tweet, he claimed that he wouldn't sign the GOP bill if it didn't fully insure those with preexisting conditions.

Good morning, Governor. Governor, you there?

"As we look at the bill in total, we don't join other organizations that have outright opposed it". We will try as best we can to get him on the line.

Republican leadership has signalled it wants a vote on Graham-Cassidy next week.

On Wednesday Cassidy shot back: "I'm sorry he does not understand" the legislation, the senator told CNN, insisting his proposal fully protects people with pre-existing conditions and will lower premiums. Is it the part where you cut $243 billion from federal health care assistance? If they choose that option, states would get a fixed amount of federal funding each year - no matter the number of participants in the program.

Matt Salo, the executive director of the NAMD, told TPM that while it's almost impossible for his members to achieve "lock-step unanimity" on anything, especially major, controversial pieces of legislation, the board "felt the concerns were strong enough and universal enough that this was an important message to say on behalf of their peers".

"This is what I would like to say on this", continued Kilmeade.

Alaska and Hawaii get to keep Obamacare, while the rest of the country gets screwed by either losing their health insurance or paying more expensive premiums for less coverage. It would force our Medicaid program to limit eligibility, cut benefits or pay a far greater share of the cost for the Delawareans who are covered today. Neither mentioned that the states getting less money voluntarily shunned the Medicaid expansion that made millions more people eligible for coverage. "The Cassidy language is definitely a work in progress", said Jeff Drozda, CEO of the Louisiana Association of Health Plans.

Governor, you still with us? "Graham and the vice president and a few others, and we're studying it very closely", McMaster told a SC paper this week. And the reason I found this comment to be particularly annoying is because this is a guy, Brian Kilmeade, who whenever I see him kisses my ass like a little boy meeting Batman. It was an interesting conversation.

BAKER: Yeah, I don't know what's going on on this.

Under Graham-Cassidy, the report says, the state would get $3.2 billion in 2020.

BAKER: No, there's more to it than that. The coverage levels "will quite literally depend on what each of the fifty states do (and don't do) with the block grants they would receive".

True: The money to states runs out in 2026.

The whole notion of a block grant is not something that's foreign to federal-state relation. That's why on August 12 he taunted: "Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn't get it done". You're a comedian, go back to being not amusing.' And I feel like it's my duty to remind these people, who are so concerned about my qualifications, the guy you voted for for president?

At the end of his monologue Wednesday, he noted that the previous night's screed had been viewed a million times already-but he added, when the New York Times got in touch with Susan Collins, the senator from ME who is widely credited (along with Alaska's Lisa Murkowski) with the demise of the American Health Care Act, her office volunteered that they had not received a larger volume of calls than usual.