Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Monday said she will oppose the latest GOP effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare, effectively dooming the measure.
“Health care is a deeply personal, complex issue that affects every single one of us and one-sixth of the American economy. Sweeping reforms to our health care system and to Medicaid can’t be done well in a compressed time frame, especially when the actual bill is a moving target,” she said in a statement.
With Collins’s announcement, the bill by GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (La.), which replaces ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion and insurance subsidies with block grants, officially has three hard no votes among Republicans. …
GOP Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and John McCain (Ariz.) have said they will oppose the legislation.
Collins’ statement is worth reading. It lays waste to pretty much every major lie this bill’s proponents have pushed, noting that the process was a joke, and that the measure would mean devastating cuts to Medicaid and would gut protections for people with preexisting conditions. Oh, and it also says that efforts to sweeten the deal with added money for holdout senators’ states are basically laughable, since over the long term the cuts are ginormous. — gs
* The Congressional Budget Office just released its score of Graham-Cassidy, concluding (in a limited analysis due to time constraints) that “millions” would lose coverage, and that these losses would be “particularly large” after 2020.
Republican senators released a new version of their health care proposal Sunday night aimed at winning support from a handful of still undecided senators.
But, there was also a pretty sweet deal for the state of Louisiana, home of one of the bill’s sponsors Sen. Bill Cassidy.
The legislation includes language that gives states that expanded Medicaid after December 2015, access to an additional $750 million a year between 2023 and 2026.
Experts at both the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Brookings Institution confirmed CNN’s understanding that the provision would only make two states eligible for the millions in funding: Montana and Louisiana.
That money, however, wouldn’t just be divided evenly — Louisiana would get tens of millions more because it’s population is larger, according to one expert.
But really, this is just about what’s best for all Americans.
* Richa Naidu reports that Target is raising its minimum wage to $11 an hour and plans to raise it further to $15 by 2020. I predict that Republicans will be unsure how to feel about low-wage workers getting a raise.
* John Harwood reports that while Graham and Cassidy want the states to take over the provision of health insurance, the states are neither willing nor able to do so. This is why many red state Medicaid directors blessed that letter sending this message out to the public.
* Trump voter Dennis Wallace brings his personal experience to explaining why it’s so important that we not repeal the ACA.
* Stephen Stromberg aptly puts us all on notice: Republicans will never stop trying to repeal the ACA.
* Over 3,000 faith leaders sign a letter imploring Congress not to pass Graham-Cassidy.
* Rand Paul issues a list of demands in exchange for his support for Graham-Cassidy, the first of which is that not a penny of the funds that came with the ACA be distributed to states. So he’s a no.