Senate Republicans have decided to postpone voting on their latest ACA repeal legislation, the Graham-Cassidy bill sponsored by Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). The bill would dismantle both ACA expansion Medicaid and traditional Medicaid programs.
"We don't have the votes," Cassidy admitted after a meeting with his colleagues on Tuesday afternoon. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) had announced his no vote on Friday, citing a process he said was rushed and not a bipartesan process.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) pulled her support on Monday, due to the planned Medicaid cuts and lack of protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Collins waited until she received confirmation from a preliminary report released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
Graham said that Congress will turn its attention to tax reform before taking up the health care debate again. He expressed confidence that their healthcare bill will eventually gain enough votes. "It's not if, only a matter of when," he said, adding that the bill needs more "attention" and "time" before it becomes law.
Sens. Graham and Cassidy have plans drum up support for the bill by touring the country. "We're going to take our show on the road," Graham said.
The Congressional Budget Office doesn't have time to score the Graham-Cassidy healthcare repeal bill before it's called for vote on the Senate floor. Access Living in Chicago has stepped into this void to assess the impact of Graham-Cassidy on Illinois citizens. This is what they've found.
Listen to Jimmy Kimmel speak out against the proposed Graham-Cassidy senate bill:
The financial impact of Graham-Cassidy on home and community-based living in Illinois is clear. This rendition of "Repeal & Replace" will cause Illinois to lose $8 billion dollars for Medicaid between 2020 and 2026. When the block grant expires, Illinois will lose $10 billion in 2027 alone.
Graham-Cassidy is tough on people with pre-existing conditions. Keep in mind that "people with disabilities" is another way of saying "people with pre-existing conditions."
Graham-Cassidy is wrong for Illinois.
Contributed by the committee officers of Inclusion PAC.