Rand Paul: Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill 'a Bad Idea'

Saul Bowman
September 25, 2017

The Graham-Cassidy health care repeal plan would threaten the health of my family, and of children and families across our community and state.

There is concern that insurers could charge people with pre-existing conditions more for coverage, and that many lower-income people could not afford adequate coverage due to the block grants that would be given to states as they see fit. The bill cuts Medicaid funding over time.

One other Republican senator, Rand Paul, is also against the party's latest bill. Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) all signaled their opposition to the newest proposal, known as Graham-Cassidy, this week.

Still, she stopped short of declaring that she would vote against the measure, saying she wanted to wait for an analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office that is expected to be released early this week.

The Graham-Cassidy bill would repeal major pillars of Obama's law, replacing them with block grants to states to design their own programs.

Several other Republican votes also look unlikely and the GOP can not afford any more defections.

"We're moving forward. And we'll see what happens next week". People with disabilities or chronic diseases, people who have had cancer, and parents of children born with health problems like late-night host Jimmy Kimmel say that could make insurance unaffordable. "I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried", he said in a statement.

The White House "just wants a legislative victory, they're not as concerned with the policy", Paul said.

US President Donald Trump has hit out at Republicans who are refusing to back the latest effort to repeal Obama-era healthcare legislation.

"It is very hard for me to envision a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill", Collins said.

Republicans commanding the Senate by a 52-48 margin must stage the vote before September 30, when special protections expire that have shielded the measure from needing 60 votes to pass.

Democrats, who are pushing for bipartisan talks in the Senate health committee, have said that they are on guard and will keep up the pressure.

Trump seemed to have given up all hope of persuading McCain to back the measure, returning to Twitter on Saturday evening, 12 hours after he initially ripped into the Arizona senator, to hammer him again and invoke the premium increases that people in his state have experienced under the current health law. Graham-Cassidy Bill is GREAT!

Trump said that McCain's last senatorial campaign "was all about repeal and replace, repeal and replace". "We already have a problem under the Affordable Care act with the cost of premiums and deductibles, and finally, I'm very concerned about the erosion of protections for people with pre-existing conditions".

Cruz continued, "If you want prices to go down - Econ 101, you want prices to go down, you want more choices, more options, more competition, and prices fall", he said. "And that's as pretty much as much of a reason as the substance of the bill" to support it, Sen.

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