On Sunday, congressional and Trump administration sources have said that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel is considering to vote for a bill hat would scale back the federal government’s role in the health care system. CNN says this will be the GOPs last attempt to repeal Obamacare before the GOP’s power to pass health care legislation through a party-line vote in the Senate expires.
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WASHINGTON – Senate Republican leaders seem increasingly focused on reviving their effort to undo the Affordable Care Act before the end of the month, asking Congress’s nonpartisan budget analysts to fast-track consideration of a plan that would devolve federal health-care spending to the states.
The Congressional Budget Office is in the process of estimating the cost and coverage impact of the Graham-Cassidy bill, according to a senior Senate Republican aide. The measure from Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Bill Cassidy, R-La., Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Dean Heller, R-Nev., would provide states with funding to establish health insurance programs outside ACA protections and mandates, an approach that could force millions off insurance rolls.
Republicans are facing pressure to undercut the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, with legislation as soon as possible, partially because the Senate’s ability to pass budgetary legislation with a simple majority expires Sept. 30. After that date, health-care legislation will require 60 votes to pass, making it much harder for Republicans to approve legislation that would restructure Obamacare.