Republicans set the stage for a striking health care showdown

Ann Santiago
September 26, 2017

Rand Paul remained opposed Monday to the Republican bill repealing the Obama health care law despite fresh revisions, darkening White House and GOP leaders' fading hopes of staving off defeat in a Senate showdown this week.

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". Orin Hatch of Utah to recess the hearing until all protestors were forcibly removed from the room.

Protesters shouted: "No cuts to Medicaid, save our liberty!"

In other hearing news, bill co-author Bill Cassidy told a lie claiming that no bipartisan hearings have been held to improve on the current Obamacare system, and another lie about whether states, under his proposed legislation, would still be able to use federal funds to expand Medicaid, which they can't. And Senate Republicans are facing a Saturday deadline to act on the legislation under special rules created to foil a Democratic filibuster. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). Monday on CNN, Cassidy admitted that unless he can sway Sen.

"The only reason we don't have [repeal is] because of John McCain", Trump said. Susan Collins (R-Maine), his fight is over. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who said Sunday he didn't support the measure and said it needed added steps to drive down premiums.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has said she is undecided as to whether to support the legislation. The Congressional Budget Office will only have time to produce a partial analysis before the expected vote.

The last attempt to repeal Obamacare fell just one vote short in July.

The legislation would eliminate Obama's expansion of Medicaid and the subsidies the law provides millions of people to reduce their premiums and out of pocket costs.

However, Medicaid would switch from an open-ended federal-state match to a capped block grant, where states receive a fixed allotment based on enrollment and other factors, a major priority for Republicans like Reed who regularly decry how their state governments spend heavily on such public programs.

Over the weekend, the administration and the bill's sponsors continued to lobby on-the-fence members, with aides telling CNN that the effort wouldn't end until Republicans saw that third and final "no".

The bill would eliminate the requirement that most Americans obtain health insurance or pay a penalty.

Graham, who is on the Senate Budget Committee, said he would press for passing another resolution on the budget that includes healthcare, saying he "will not vote for a budget resolution that doesn't allow the healthcare debate to continue".

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