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The clock is ticking for Senator’s Lindsay Graham (SC) and Bill Cassidy (LA) as they continue to lobby support for their last ditched attempt to repeal Obamacare. While this has been a significant goal of the GOP’s for the past seven years, it’s proven to be difficult to get everyone on board. This attempt has come after three past attempts from the GOP. This proposal is a mixture of reform and compromise. Here is what you need to know.

  • The plan will still encompass some of the more popular protections of Obamacare while giving the states more individualistic plans.

  • The states who chose not to expand Medicaid will receive a larger grant while states like Massachusetts, who is facing a five billion dollar loss, could suffer.

  • States may also apply for waivers to change certain boundaries and essential health care boundaries. This in turn would mean that each state may determine what they consider an “essential healthcare benefit” thus altering certain insurance coverage.

  • The bill would impose a universal end to Medicaid as an entitled program. It would reallocate the federal funding into a lump some for the states block grants. This funding would expire in 2027.

  • Capping Medicaid is the major the sore point of popular conversation. The left views this as the elimination of lower class healthcare as well as some essential healthcare benefits.

  • Under this bill, a family or individual could use their health savings accounts to pay their insurance premiums. This is prohibited under the current system.

  • The major concern is how this bill might affect people’s insurance premiums. 

  • The bill does not include a plan for universal healthcare but as Cassidy told Fox News, “We’ll allow [the] states to come up with solutions to help sick people, not just some bureaucrat in Washington.”

  • As of today, Senator Rand Paul will not vote for the bill.

  • Senator Susan Collins is leaning towards no.

  • Today, Senator McCain announced he would not vote for the bill.

  • Republicans need at least 50 votes to pass the measure so they cannot afford to lose more than two votes.

This bill seems to be the GOP’s last ditch effort to deliver on a promise made seven years ago. The GOP has not come together in the name of the cause, instead it has split apart on minor technicalities. Will the GOP be able to come through on the promise of healthcare reform?

Hannah N