The grant dollars would replace the federal money now being spent on Medicaid Expansion, Obamacare tax credits, cost-sharing reduction subsidies and the basic health plan dollars.
And the House, which is away next week, would have to swiftly take up and pass another politically perilous bill before October 1- they approved their own Obamacare replacement in May - to clear the way for Mr. Trump's signature.
Republicans are making a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace Obama's health care law. It would be up to the states to determine the best way to use the grants for health care.
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The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs announced it will hold a hearing on block grants September 26 as top GOP lawmakers in the upper chamber attempt to revive their efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Strengthens the ability for states to waive Obamacare regulations. They'd also be able to get out from under ObamaCare's disruptive and costly market regulations and benefit mandates.
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"States that expanded Medicaid access to the newly eligible population under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are particularly at risk under this latest bill", Fitch said. Graham are using the push for government-run care as a spur, saying Republicans must act fast to devolve power from Washington and move beyond an Obamacare model that's been faulted by both sides of the aisle. But a number of Republican senators have yet to get on board, including the three who defeated McConnell's plan - Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and John McCain of Arizona.
Republicans have been seeking to "end Medicaid as we know it" and shift responsibility for the program and its costs to the states for most of the program's existence. The group estimates that in 2027 alone, federal health spending would decline by $299 billion compared with current law and all states would be affected by cuts.
McConnell has asked the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office to speed up a financial analysis of the bill, and Democrats in the Senate and House said in a letter Monday that a comprehensive analysis is "essential" before any vote in Congress.
Negotiations were continuing on a separate bipartisan Senate effort to fix Obamacare without repealing it, with the differences narrowing between the two sides, a spokeswoman for Democratic Senator Patty Murray said. "It would impose less damaging cuts, or even raise funding initially, for states that have rejected the Medicaid expansion or enrolled few low-income residents in marketplace coverage".
Senate Republicans have a very slim path to victory on Graham-Cassidy: If more than two Republicans vote no, the bill won't pass. Bill Cassidy (R-La.). "Nevertheless, FreedomWorks is treating it as what is likely to be the last serious attempt to reform Obamacare".
"I can't support a bill that keeps 90% of Obamacare in place".
"There is tremendous flexibility for states under Cassidy-Graham, but also tremendous responsibility".