When VOX is scared 😳 that is a great thing! They tend to be on top of the Healthcare issue for all the wrong reasons. What scares them about the Graham/Cassidy/Heller Bill is the fact that their is a coalition that includes Cruz and Lee, the House Freedom Caucus and Lucifer himself. Getting to 50 YES votes is a really good possibility.
From the article linked above:
First, one health care lobbyist who had spoken recently with Republican staff told me there’s a real fear that if Congress were to pass a bill to stabilize the Obamacare markets, President Trump would veto it.
But another factor complicates this even further: Cassidy-Graham-Heller, the last plan standing to repeal and replace Obamacare.
The hope for any actual action in September — and there is abundant skepticism around Washington that such action is possible — depends on many conservatives at the Capitol letting go of their Obamacare repeal dreams while at least one plan to overhaul the law is still drawing breath. The proponents of a bipartisan solution will have to convince them to set that aside and come into the fold.
That’s why Cassidy-Graham, which Sarah explained in great detail, is lingering. GOP leadership has shown no interest, but the rank-and-file conservatives who campaigned for years on repealing Obamacare know it’s still out there, and they’re curious.
As Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) rightly put it, it’s “the only game left in town.” The Freedom Caucus chair is interested. So is the White House, where Trump still hasn’t let go of the failure of Obamacare repeal, as he reminded us just yesterday.
We’ve even picked up on rumors that the senators are trying to get their ducks in a row for an early September rollout of Cassidy-Graham — the very same week that the health committee is holding its stabilization hearings.
Here’s my point: Serious people in Washington are already talking about the possibility that a stabilization bill needs to be veto-proof. It’s going to be hard to win such an overwhelming majority — two-thirds of both the House and the Senate — when you still have this distraction that promises a path toward repeal.
Somebody alert Dean Heller. The left-leaning CBPP did its best to evaluate Cassidy-Graham, using what we know about the not-quite-yet-finalized bill and previous CBO estimates. The chart tells the story: deep cuts to health care spending, including Medicaid. Which makes it all the stranger that Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), who opposed previous Republican bills over Medicaid cuts, has lent his support to this plan.