Yarmuth on latest Graham-Cassidy bill and Kentucky


Yarmuth on latest Graham-Cassidy bill and Kentucky

The Tea Party-backed Kentuckian says there's too much spending in a proposal by Republicans Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana - and calls for a "significant reassessment of this trillion-dollar spending regime". Paul told reporters after an event in his home state he still plans to vote against the Republican bill that would repeal former President Barack Obama's health care law.

Lawmakers over the weekend tweaked the bill to give more money to states including Alaska, Arizona, Maine and Kentucky. Another aide to Cruz, said the Texas senator is "opposed" to the revised bill.

A bipartisan group of governors sent a letter to congressional leaders last week warning that Graham-Cassidy would gravely hurt patients in their states.

Congressional Republicans have until Saturday to follow through on their repeated promise of repealing a law most of the country knows as "Obamacare". Susan Collins seems likely to do the same. He said the process is already too rushed and Rand Paul says it's too expensive. "So I don't think it's the answer".

Paul repeated that while he likes some aspects of Graham-Cassidy - such as getting rid of the individual mandate and strengthening health savings accounts - he said that in order to fix the system "we need more of a marketplace, we need to let individuals buy insurance across state lines, and we need to let people buy affordable insurance". A state-by-state summary claims Alaska would get 3 percent more funding, Arizona would get 15 percent more funding and ME would get 43 percent more funding from 2020 and 2026 compared to current law. After Sept. 30, Republicans will need 60 votes.

The House's American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628) passed by a slim margin, 217-213, with all Democrats and 20 Republicans opposed.

On Monday, the Senate's finance committee held a hearing on their bill that was repeatedly interrupted by protestors, and Republicans will have to make a decision soon about whether or not the bill will come to the Senate floor for a vote even though the latest version of the bill wasn't unveiled until Sunday. States are uncertain of how they would manage per-capita block grant funds and the bill's potential implications for state-managed healthcare programs.

"My life is on the balance on this". But he says he'd be surprised if the bill can pass.

A new CBS News poll reveals just 20-percent are in favor of the bill, while 52-percent disapprove.

"A state must also certify that it will ensure compliance with the ACA requirement that insurers and health plans cover adult children up to age 26 and several pre-ACA insurance reform requirements - minimum hospital maternity stays, coverage of reconstructive surgery following mastectomies; mental health parity, and protection of genetic information".



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