This drama over healthcare is driving me nuts. Over and Over – threats to repeal. Meanwhile the people who are hurt with all this gossip are people who have become dependent on this healthcare. One time, not very long ago, there were no protections. And then there were some – weak imperfect. But it saves lives, it saved my life so I can’t just look at its faults. People try to garner support with suggested new versions that don’t work. Meanwhile no one tries to make the original bill any better. It’s a game between two skirmishing sides and it’s like we are all game chips.
“The Republican dream of repealing Obamacare isn’t ready to head to the morgue just yet. After previous efforts died in the Senate earlier this summer, Obamacare repeal receded, only to storm back this week. Republicans are scrambling to pass a last-ditch effort before a September 30 deadline. And they might be close to reaching the 50 votes they need to pass a bill.
But they’re still not quite there. Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) were steadfast opponents of the earlier proposals, and there’s nothing in the new bill that would solve the problems they cited in the past. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) hasn’t minced words in discussing his hatred for the bill. And John McCain (R-Ariz.) has still been talking up his desire to stick to standard Senate procedure rather than rush a bill through—although his commitment to regular order might not trump his commitment to his friend Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who co-authored the bill.
In other words, Republican leaders need to change just one or two minds before they lose their ability to pass a bill without facing a Democratic filibuster in 10 days.
The newest version of Trumpcare is, in many ways, even more extreme than the previous Republican proposals. The bill, called Graham-Cassidy after the pair of Republicans who introduced it, would allow insurance companies to charge higher rates for people with preexisting conditions. It would bring back junk plans that don’t offer the coverage people expect when they go to the doctor. It would end Medicaid’s open-ended promise to cover low-income and disabled Americans, imposing massive future cuts that would force states either to raise taxes sharply or to kick millions of people off Medicaid. And it would cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood for a year, decimating the country’s largest women’s health provider.
But we still don’t know the bill’s full ramifications, and we won’t know them before the Senate would need to vote on it. The Congressional Budget Office announced Monday that it will look at how Graham-Cassidy affects the deficit and release a report next week, but it won’t have enough time to analyze how many people would lose insurance and how premiums would change under the plan. If Republicans proceed to a vote next week, they’ll break Senate norms to vote for a bill that no one has had time to properly analyze.” http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/09/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-gops-latest-push-to-repeal-obamacare/