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The ad features a cancer patient and cites a new study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finding that the bill co-sponsored by Heller would allow states to waive some of Obamacare's protections for people with pre-existing conditions. President Donald Trump let the Republican senators know he's rooting for them, though he didn't explicitly supporting the legislation.

GOP leadership is hoping Graham-Cassidy can gain the support needed to pass repeal-and-replace legislation in the wake of the Senate's failure to pass "skinny repeal" in late July.

Democratic leaders in the U.S. Congress on Monday demanded that legislative analysts examine both the budgetary and healthcare impacts of a last-ditch effort by Republicans to repeal Obamacare.

Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy propose replacing the 2010 Affordable Care Act, known informally as Obamacare, with a plan to give US states money in the form of block grants to run their own healthcare programs.

Progressive organizations, lawmakers, hospital groups, and healthcare specialists have issued a "red alert" as reporting over the weekend indicated that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is considering a vote by the end of this month on what Sen.

Should consideration extend beyond September, reconciliation authority would have to be renewed in a subsequent budget resolution. Cassidy says he's certain they have 48 or 49 Republican votes for his bill. He added moments later, "Graham/Cassidy keeps Obamacare and tells the states to run it".

Heritage Action for America, which organized years of repeal rallies, echoed Paul's worry that the bill would leave the ACA's basic structure in place. The group estimates that in 2027 alone, federal health spending would decline by $299 billion compared with current law and all states would be affected by cuts.

Graham and Cassidy say that Pence has been telephoning Republican senators and governors.

Yet there is a real chance that Graham-Cassidy, which is similar to but even worse than previous Republican proposals, will nonetheless become law, because not enough people are taking it seriously. The fact is, this is the same "kick millions of health insurance, gut Medicaid, and give tax breaks to rich people and corporations" boondoggle that we saw before.

Repeals the Obamacare Medical Device Tax.

CBO said Monday it "is aiming to provide a preliminary assessment of the Graham-Cassidy bill by early next week". The CBPP report showed that Graham-Cassidy would reduce federal funding for health coverage in both ME and Alaska and cut Medicaid overall. It would also decrease funding for Medicaid in the future. So if the bill comes up, it would likely hit the floor in the last week of this month.

Republican attempts to destroy Obamacare have repeatedly failed, and for very good reason. "Inaction is not an option, and I sincerely hope that Senators Graham and Cassidy have found a way to address the Obamacare crisis".

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