What is the Graham-Cassidy Bill?
The Graham-Cassidy bill, titled for the senators who authored the bill, is the latest attempt by Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) wrote this bill as the fourth attempt by the GOP to repeal and replace Obamacare.
The reason behind so many bills being pushed to a vote by Republicans is their budget reconciliation bill, giving them until September 30 to replace Obamacare with a simple majority. This means that the Graham-Cassidy bill needs just 50 votes to pass, and President Trump has said he would sign the bill into action.
What You Need to Know:
Politico released a graph showing the effects the Graham-Cassidy Bill would have on Obamacare, followed by an in-depth analysis of each elimination or change. According to CNN, the bill would cut federal funding by $215 billion to states over the next ten years. 34 states would receive cuts to their federal funds in total. It should also be noted that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has not had enough time to accurately score the bill due to Graham and Cassidy finalizing it as early as last week.
Who Supports the Bill?
Seeing as the Republicans hold 52 Senate seats, they have room for two Republican senators to break from the party and still pass Graham-Cassidy, but there are still some undecided votes.
Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Susan Collins (R-ME) are against the bill and have stated that they will not vote for it. Two other senators, Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and John McCain (R-AZ) are undecided and have concerns. Another twenty Republican senators are undecided as of now.
In order for the bill to pass, the Republicans need both senators who are consciously apprehensive to toe the party line.
When is the Vote?
A spokesperson for Mitch McConnell said that a vote for the bill would be next week. According to Politico, “McConnell has told colleagues he will only bring up the bill if it will succeed. The statement does leave some wiggle room to not proceed with a vote.”
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