Folks this was a very interesting article pertaining to the Graham/Cassidy/Heller/Johnson Repeal and Replace Bill (GCHJ). It is a crying shame that this wasn’t pushed in late July because I think it would have passed. The good news is that they provided the CBO the bill a week ago. Meaning the CBO can’t say they didn’t have enough time.
This bill in my mind comes down to three Republican Senators! We know that Rand Paul and Susan Collins are a NO vote! That puts us at needing the remaining 50 BOZOS to vote YES.
Lucifer is screwed because his Governor from AZ was part of the think tank that worked on the bill. He will vote YES and has said that once he hears from the Governor, he will support it. Mike Lee in the article sounded a little queasy. However, the Governor of Utah absolutely LOVES the bill and had an exclusive interview recently with Breitbart on why he loves and backs the bill. Making Mike Lee an eventual YES vote.
The ultimate decider will be our favorite MEDICAID WHORE from Alaska, Lisa Murkowski. Her biggest issue is that Alaska will benefit tremendously with the new funding that will be provided to her state. How does she justify saying NO which will cause her state to lose billions in funding. She hasn’t spoken on the topic. I can’t pretend to know whether she is a YES or NO. If by divine intervention she comes out saying she is a YES, this will get done by September 30th which is the deadline for using 2017 Reconciliation Rules.
If anyone is interested in the actual language written into the bill, you can find it here:
From the article linked above:
Known as Graham-Cassidy, the bill would repeal the employer and individual mandates but keep most of Obamacare’s spending and taxes and send that money back to the states in the form of block grants. Yuval Levin, editor of National Affairs and a leading health-care expert, said that the bill looked like the “most coherent” GOP health-care plan considered this year.
“I think it’s probably the most coherent of the proposals Republicans have looked at this year,” Levin told THE WEEKLY STANDARD in an email. “It does much less than some—keeping essentially all of Obamacare’s spending and taxes, for instance—but it does one big thing: it moves the bulk of the resources and a fair bit of the power of regulation to the hands of the states. That’s not a solution to Obamacare’s problems, but it is an improvement over the status quo. Combined with significant Medicaid reforms it makes for a bill that on net is worth voting for.”
As an editorial in this week’s issue of TWS points out, there’s also a strong pro-life case for the bill:
Graham-Cassidy defunds Planned Parenthood and redirects the money to community health centers. If the senators’ 2015 words meant anything (Mike Lee and John McCain), they will push for a vote on the bill before the end of September.
And as important as defunding Planned Parenthood is for pro-life Americans, an even greater priority is cutting off Obamacare’s funding for insurance plans that cover elective abortions. The Graham-Cassidy plan just so happens to funnel the block grants through an existing health-care law to which the Hyde amendment—a measure banning federal funding of elective abortions—is permanently attached. While Congress could pass language defunding Planned Parenthood in the next fiscal year’s tax-reform reconciliation bill, the Graham-Cassidy plan is the only realistic way to stop Obamacare’s funding of elective abortion.
THIS PARAGRAPH SHOWS HOW OBAMACARE WAS SET UP FOR 4 LIBERAL STATES!
Not all states would get the same amount of money as they would under Obamacare: States like California and New York would get less, but states like Virginia, Indiana, and Missouri would get more, Cassidy said. Graham and Cassidy argued the formula would fix existing inequities in Obamacare. “Four states under Obamacare get 40 percent of the money: New York, California, Massachusetts, and Maryland,” Graham said, but those four states make up about 20 percent of the U.S. population.
Graham said McConnell told him “go get 50 votes” and “we’ll bring it up.” But Graham said the Senate leadership and the president need to fully throw their weight behind the bill in order for it to pass. “I’ve been involved in a lot of things in the last 20 years,” Graham said. “This is the most important thing I believe I’ll ever be involved in as a member of the United States Senate.”