The Republican health care bill known as the Graham-Cassidy bill is almost surely not going to pass in the Senate when it goes to vote, thanks to a number of Republicans, Sens. John McCain and Rand Paul being some of them. But now, according to Town hall, Alaska and Main may just be the only chance of getting the bill passed through the senate.
Now GOP senators are proposing to give more money to Alaska and Main to try and persuade Sen. Susan Collins of Main and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska to vote yes for the bill.
“The Cassidy-Graham legislation would overhaul the ACA by lumping together the current law’s spending on insurance subsidies and expanded Medicaid and redistributing it to states in the form of block grants. Alaska would get 3 percent more funding between 2020 and 2026 than under current law, and Maine would get 43 percent more funding during that time period, according to a summary obtained by The Washington Post.“
Sen. Susan Collins said in an interview with CNN that “It’s very difficult for me to envision a scenario where I would vote for this bill.”
“I am concerned about the impact on the medicaid program, I am concerned about the impact about cost and coverage, and finally I am very concerned about the erosion of protections for people with preexisting conditions,” said Collins.
Sen. Rand Paul spoke with NBC’s “Meet the Press” where he also expressed his reserves with voting for the bill: “The bill basically keeps all of the Obamacare spending, almost all of the spending, and just basically shuffles around the money.”
“I don’t think block granting Obamacare makes it go away, It just means that you keep taking that money that we spend on Obamacare, most of it, reshuffling that money and taking most of it from democrat states and giving it to Republican states. I think what it sets up is a perpetual food fight for the formula,” says Paul.