Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has said he will not vote for the bill, and Republicans also believe Sen. Fifty Senators must commit to voting for Graham's legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and while outside backing can help build momentum, it's no guarantee of Senate success.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has not promised to bring the bill to the floor for a vote.
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La.
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.
So there are two "block grants" in play: one mandatory block grant involving additional money provided by Obamacare that channels Medicaid money into other kinds of health-care assistance (there are few if any limitations here), and another option block grant for the traditional Medicaid program that facilitates benefit reductions and restrictive changes in eligibility.
And in case you were thinking the current bill is somehow more moderate or acceptable than the old ones, well...you don't know Republicans.
The good news is that for technical reasons of parliamentary procedure, Graham-Cassidy has to pass by the end of this month, or not at all.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., has spoken positively about the bill, as has Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.
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It also addresses cyber espionage, nuclear proliferation, arms shipments and harassment of US naval forces, among its provisions. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, September 14, 2017.
Thus far, every version of Republicans' effort to repeal and replace the ACA has meant higher health costs, millions of hard-working Americans pushed off coverage, and key protections gutted with devastating consequences for those with pre-existing conditions.
During thefirst iterations of the Republican-led Obamacare repeal negotiations, proposed cuts to Medicaid funding proved to be a contentious and unpassable proposal - notably for senators from states that had expanded the Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. This legislation would force millions off their health insurance plans and would even let insurance raise your rates if you get sick, even if your plan isn't up for renewal yet.
Meanwhile, Graham told Breitbart on Saturday that almost 20 Republican governors had already pledged their support of his bill. The liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said Friday the bill would "significantly" cut federal funding for health coverage over the next decade.
The other complaint from liberal groups is that Cassidy-Graham won't spend as much on health care as ObamaCare would.
SoMcMaster, facing re-election and multiple primary challengers next year, would be faced with guiding the transition into a new health care system that is likely to be controversial and take time to work out inevitable kinks - and could end up not being as beneficial to the state as proponents have sold it.
Strengthens the ability for states to waive Obamacare regulations.
This is a welcome return to federalist principles that the GOP had forgotten when crafting their earlier ObamaCare replacement bills.
It's unclear just how many Republican senators are in favor of the bill, but at least one Sen.