Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who has been working with Cassidy and Graham on the legislation, told CNN that not taking action now will leave Republicans stuck with the blame on any future problems that arise in the health care system. Her state's officials released a report Friday citing "unique challenges" and deep cuts the measure would impose on the state. Hatch gaveled the committee into recess for a short time while demonstrators were removed.
"If the hearing is going to devolve into a sideshow or a forum for simply putting partisan points on the board, there's absolutely no reason for us to be here", Hatch said. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy. The Republicans are facing a Saturday deadline to act on the legislation. Indeed, it still has a chance of being enacted despite John McCain's "no". A state-by-state summary claims Alaska would get 3 percent more funding, Arizona would get 15 percent more funding and ME would get 43 percent more funding from 2020 and 2026 compared to current law. GOP Sen. Susan Collins of ME said Sunday it's "very difficult" to think she'd vote "yes". Republicans spent nine months fighting over how to repeal Obamacare without shafting the poor and enraging voters, and they failed. He was the third Republican to vote "no", just enough to kill it. For Cassidy-Graham, however, the CBO said it would not have time to complete its normal projections.
In his desperate haste, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has decided not to wait for the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office to analyze the bill before bringing it to the Senate floor. Kaiser had estimated the first version of Cassidy-Graham would result in 8 percent less block grant funding for Alaska; Republicans claim that under their latest bill Alaska would get 3 percent more.
Stabenow has also expressed frustration that the repeal debate this week bumped plans for the Senate to consider a bipartisan deal to extend funding for the federal health insurance program for low-income children, as well as for community health centers - both of which expire September 30. Collins has said that she fears Graham-Cassidy might also take away protections for people with pre-existing conditions if insurers in certain states are allowed to charge more based on a person's health history.
In the real world, they call it a bribe. The update would also carve out a special provision for states with low population densities so 5 percent of federal funds would be guaranteed for rural states, including Alaska. Ted Cruz have said through aides that they oppose the latest version of the bill. Enrollment on the federal exchanges opens November 1, though the Trump administration has cut advertising for open enrollment by 90 percent.
The protesters are being removed from the hearing room one by one.
Stephanie Woodward, a woman with disabilities who traveled from Rochester, New York to protest the bill, said its passage "would mean people with disabilities who need Medicaid in order to live would have their lives put at risk and their liberty".