Where do key U.S. senators stand on the Graham-Cassidy plan to repeal and replace Obamacare?
Last week, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV), and Ron Johnson (R-WI) rolled out the latest GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.
According to a release from Cassidy, the bill:
- Repeals Obamacare Individual and Employer Mandates.
- Repeals the Obamacare Medical Device Tax.
- Strengthens the ability for states to waive Obamacare regulations.
- Returns power to states and patients by equalizing treatment between Medicaid expansion and non-expansion states through an equitable block grant distribution.
- Protects patients with pre-existing medical conditions.
For their part, Democrats are whipping opposition to the bill. Andy Slavitt, a former Obama official, released a much-shared “Simple Summary” that claims the Graham-Cassidy effort will lead millions to lose coverage and cut billions.
JUST OUT: Here's a summary of the Graham-Cassidy repeal. Yes, it's that bad.
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— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) September 13, 2017
GOP leaders “have publicly shared that they believe they have between 47 and 49 votes for Graham-Cassidy.” There are 52 GOP senators, so who are the three to five holding out?
NTK Network tries to put the math together. Follow us for updates as the whip count changes.
- Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY): “I can’t support a bill that keeps 90% of Obamacare in place“
LIKELY NO (1)
- Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME): on Tuesday, Collins said the bill “causes [her] great concern” so far
- Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK): on Tuesday, Murkowski suggested support for more flexibility to the states, but opposition to supposed cuts in Graham-Cassidy
- Sen. John McCain (R-AZ): was positive about the Graham-Cassidy hearing next week, undecided on the bill’s impact to Arizona
- Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH): “optimistic” on Cassidy-Graham, but his governor (Kasich) opposes the bill
- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV): holding her cards close to the vest
Assuming the 46 Democrats and two left-leaning independents stay opposed to any Obamacare repeal effort, GOP leaders can only lose two votes.
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