Obamacare Will Be Repealed and Replaced by the Graham/Cassidy/Heller Bill

One of our fellow Trepper’s on http://www.theconservativetreehouse.com (CTH) by the name of wyntre wrote the following about me:

You should bottle your eternal optimism and sell it. You’d be a billionaire in no time.

In order to reach that billion dollars, I am going to say this right now, “Repeal and Replace Will Occur Before October 1st”!

I have been posting threads in the Presidential over the last two weeks pertaining to the Graham/Cassidy/Heller Bill currently under consideration.

You can find my last five posts below (in order of last to first):

https://fleporeblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/06/we-are-taking-additional-steps-in-repealing-and-replacing-obamacare-even-politico-took-notice/

https://fleporeblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/31/repeal-and-replace-is-alive-and-kicking-great-interview-with-senator-lindsey-graham-of-sc-yesterday-with-breitbart/

https://fleporeblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/27/the-huffington-post-is-scared-that-there-maybe-a-bill-that-can-get-50-votes-to-repeal-and-replace-obamacare/

https://fleporeblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/27/the-left-online-site-for-all-things-healthcare-related-are-scared-of-the-grahamcassidyheller-repeal-and-replace-bill/

https://fleporeblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/24/obamacare-may-still-die-and-they-are-scared-to-death-with-what-would-replace-it/

One of the architects of Obamacare is SCARED out of his mind passed on the following tweet and article:

https://twitter.com/PeterSullivan4/status/905481195667980292

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/349462-mccain-backs-graham-cassidy-obamacare-repeal-effort

From the article linked above:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Wednesday that he supports a newer version of an ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill, throwing some support behind the last-ditch effort.

McCain said he backs a bill from Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) that would convert ObamaCare spending into block grants for states.

Asked if he supported it, McCain told reporters, “Yes. You think I wouldn’t be?”

Asked if he thinks the bill has legs before Sept. 30, McCain said, “I do.”

“I think he’s getting a number of governors who are supportive of his approach to weigh in,” McCain said of Graham.

Importantly McCain said that his home state’s governor, Doug Ducey (R), supports the bill.

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said Wednesday on Fox News that President Trump would sign the Graham-Cassidy bill.

Democrats argue the block grant approach in the bill would lead to harmful cuts, including to Medicaid.

Andy Slavitt, is a former health care industry executive who was acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from 2015 to 2017 under Barry from Hawaii. He decided to write an opinion piece in the USA Today. He realizes that Republicans finally found the perfect bill that will get the 50 required votes in the Senate.

https://twitter.com/ASlavitt/status/905489333561552896

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/09/06/health-care-smackdown-last-ditch-aca-repeal-drive-threatens-bipartisan-fixes-andy-slavitt-column/634207001/

From the article linked above:

There is competition — yet another partisan effort to repeal the ACA, led by Republican senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Dean Heller of Nevada. Though it is out of touch with public sentiment, their proposal has one new thing its sponsors are hoping will make a difference — financial payoffs to the states of senators whose votes they are courting.

The first draft of Graham-Cassidy-Heller looks like the same repeal-and-replace plans Americans soundly rejected in poll after poll. It would end both Medicaid for people slightly above the poverty line and tax credits for people buying coverage in the individual market, replacing both with a capped block grant that would gradually shrink until it disappeared altogether. The plan also makes deep cuts to Medicaid, weakens federal protections for people with preexisting conditions, and introduces Medicaid caps which limit the spending on low-income kids, seniors and people with disabilities.

But it’s not Graham-Cassidy-Heller’s unpopular policies that are expected to make a repeal effort successful. The secret weapon is a cynical redistribution of federal money from mostly urban, blue states that have expanded Medicaid to rural, red states that did not.

An analysis from the Center on Budget Policy Priorities of an early version of the bill estimates what this will mean for states. Nine states would see their funding cut by 50% or more compared to what their Medicaid expansion and exchange subsidies would otherwise be. These states include expected conservative targets like New York, California, New Jersey and Massachusetts, but also North Carolina, Florida and Virginia.

Yet somehow Maine, Alaska, Nevada and West Virginia are almost entirely protected from these cuts in the early years (although every state would be hard hit in the long run or in the event of a recession or public health emergency like Hurricane Harvey.) What do those states have in common? Each has Republican senators who either voted against or strongly considered voting against the last Senate repeal bill.

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