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If Republicans can't get the votes they need to ram the legislation through before September 30, procedural rules say they'll have to have 60 votes thereafter, which would mean getting support from Democrats - something highly unlikely to happen.
The long-shot bill, which Senate leadership initially dismissed as a distraction, has been steadily gaining steam over the past week, with sponsors Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy saying they are close to 50 votes. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana on Tuesday night in an opening monologue on his late-night program that savaged the healthcare overhaul plan Cassidy is pushing in Congress.
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"These insurance companies, they want caps, to limit how much they can pay out", Kimmel said.
But now, since Republicans only have two weeks left to figure out a new health care bill, it's gained some traction.
However, the Democratic National Committee came out against Graham-Cassidy approach to replacing the Affordable Care Act, calling it "the worst Republican repeal bill yet". "I mean if you look at the insurance premiums, they're going up".
Baker was asked about the Graham-Cassidy bill (before it gained such recent momentum) when he testified before the Senate in Washington, D.C., earlier this month on ways to stabilize insurance rates. Kimmel did not wade into particulars of the bill, though he did estimate that it would lead to 30 million people losing coverage (the legislation has not yet been scored by the Congressional Budget Office).
"We take all of that expansion money plus all of the other money that flows through the Affordable Care Act for that expansion population", he said.