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Some wondered whether the Sept. 7 debt limit deal between Trump and the Democrats had empowered Republicans.
Even senators who intended to vote for the bill sound ready to abandon the Cassidy-Graham proposal.
With just eight days to go before Sept. 30, the deadline after which Republicans will lose the ability to pass an ACA replacement with a simple majority, activists working to save the law were markedly cautious.
It's an arrangement that surprised some of Sanders's Democratic colleagues.
The plan to dismantle the Affordable Care Act would carve $215 billion of federal money from health insurance by 2026.
The block-grant proposal at the center of Cassidy-Graham is astoundingly unpopular.
Democratic mega-states including California, New York and Massachusetts would lose billions of dollars, a feature the bill’s two main sponsors have talked up to conservatives.
Pro-Obamacare groups, surprised by return of repeal push, return to sit-ins, protests
But the committee does not have jurisdiction over health-care legislation.
Mitch McConnell has asked budget analysts to fast-track scoring the bill to devolve health care to the states.