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The budget reconciliation tool Republicans are using to prevent a filibuster from Democrats expires at the end of the month.

Congress is only in session three days this week, so this will likely come down to the final week of the month, which is open only because the government funding bill was passed earlier than normal.

Cassidy has sorta, kinda, maybe won over Sen. Republicans said they took that approach because the child health program serves a low-income population, is popular with governors and provides states with a high degree of flexibility. McCain is a key figure in all of this, since he cast the third vote in July bringing down a "skinny repeal" bill.

"Why did Obamacare fail?" GOP leadership prefers to use the extra time on tax reform, but some Republican senators aren't willing to let Obamacare repeal go. "That's not the way to do it". The president said he hoped "Senators Graham and Cassidy have found a way to address the Obamacare crisis". "As he has said before, Sen". Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has said he would vote against it, arguing that it does not go far enough in repealing the Affordable Care Act. "No thanks." Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., is chief co-sponsor.

Repeals Obamacare Individual and Employer Mandates.

Someone needs to remind Murkowski that she ran for election in 2016 repeatedly vowing to repeal ObamaCare.

Sen. John McCain of Arizona told an MSNBC correspondent he might "reluctantly" vote for the measure offered by Sens.

Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Republicans who opposed previous repeal efforts, have not said where they stand.

It is important to understand, however, that Graham-Cassidy has a wrinkle that could divide GOP governors: The new "block grant" it creates out of Obamacare's tax credits and Medicaid expansion money will be distributed to the states without regard to whether they exercised their option to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Sanders said, "The immediate concern is to beat back these disastrous Republican proposals that would throw millions and millions of people off of the health insurance they have, raise premiums for older workers very substantially, cut Medicaid by hundreds of billions". This, too, has been a point of contention among some moderate Republicans.

To be sure, the chances of the Cassidy-Graham bill getting approved in the Senate are slim. Now, Berniecare is full-blown single-payer socialism.

What the country can not afford is to go backward, which is where Sens.

You wouldn't exactly pick up on all these obstacles from talking to Cassidy. Right now we have Democrats and an independent in the U.S. Senate that are working to pass a Medicare for all piece of legislation that would give healthcare insurance, healthcare coverage or at least healthcare coverage access to everybody in this country. Dean Heller (R-NV), and Sen. It is not clear when the budget office will issue a report on the Graham-Cassidy bill, showing its effects on federal spending and the number of people without insurance. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Democratic allies was inevitable.

Author Information: Paige Winfield Cunningham covers health policy and authors PowerPost's daily tipsheet The Health 202. "People are coming out and saying they are for it, either publicly or privately".

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