3 Senators Talk Next Steps on Health Care

By Rachel del Guidice, Reporter for The Daily Signal.

As two Senate lawmakers float yet another plan to fix problems with Obamacare, another wants to revisit legislation that he says would more substantially repeal the health care law.

“Actually, we could have more coverage under Graham-Cassidy than under the status quo,” Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., said Wednesday at an event hosted by online media company Axios, referring to the bill he co-authored with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.  “For example, if you actually think about what we proposed, we would allow states to do so-called ‘automatic enrollment.’ You’re in, unless you’re out.”

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., who was also at the event, said the bipartisan plan that Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., reached Tuesday represents good progress.

“We need to show the American public we can do something bipartisan on health care,” Kaine said. “I have been making the argument that even something modest that is bipartisan in this very controversial area will be a really good sign from Congress to the American people.”

The Alexander-Murray bill would provide more than $100 million to the Obamacare exchanges and allow states to apply for waivers to work around rules of the Affordable Care Act, CNN reported.

Alexander, the third and final speaker at the Axios event, said President Donald Trump was supportive of the plan.

“He called me to say that, No. 1 …  to be encouraging about the bipartisan agreement that Sen. Murray and I announced yesterday,” Alexander said of Trump. “No. 2, he intends to review it carefully to see if he wants to add anything to it. No. 3, he is still for block grants, sometime later, but he is going to focus on tax reform this year.”

Trump, however, later signaled a lack of support for the plan.

The Graham-Cassidy bill, which did not get a vote when it appeared it would not pass the Senate, would give states the freedom to waive Obamacare regulations, protect patients with pre-existing conditions, and provide block grants to states by “equalizing the treatment between Medicaid expansion and non-expansion states through an equitable block-grant distribution,” as The Daily Signal previously reported.

Cassidy, who was a physician before running for office, said he has yet to thoroughly review the Alexander-Murray bill, but said he hopes his own legislation will be revived.

“Under Graham-Cassidy, there will be billions—with a ‘b’—more in Virginia to care for working families,” Cassidy said, adding:

Similarly, in Missouri, would get billions more under Graham-Cassidy.

People have said this is a partisan bill. I have just listed two states represented by Democratic senators, but I could also list Maine, Florida, Wisconsin, Indiana, and others that would do far better under Graham-Cassidy than under the status quo, and they are represented by Democratic senators.

Regarding the Alexander-Murray plan, a spokesman for House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday that the Wisconsin Republican “does not see anything that changes his view that the Senate should keep its focus on repeal and replace of Obamacare.”

Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., chairman of the House Republican Study Committee, said the Alexander-Murray plan was “unacceptable.”

Regardless of how the bill he co-authored with Murray plays out, Alexander said, he’s convinced Trump is dedicated to putting states, rather than federal bureaucrats, in control of health care.

“I think [Trump’s] big goals are the same as my big goals, which is to move more decisions about the kinds of policies that are for Americans to buy health insurance out of Washington and back to the states, so people have more choices and lower prices,” the Tennessee Republican said.

Ed Haislmaier, a senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Health Policy Studies, said the plan does not do enough to address Obamacare’s shortcomings.

“What is instead needed to stabilize the unsubsidized market is the removal of Obamacare’s cost-increasing insurance mandates and misguided regulations,” Haislmaier said in a statement provided to The Daily Signal. “To fix that Obamacare-caused damage and lower the cost of insurance, Congress will need to make other policy reforms.”

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Heritage Action To Review Revised Senate Obamacare Bill

Washington — This morning, Senate Republicans unveiled a series of changes to the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham: “As Heritage Action reviews and evaluates the revised legislation, it is worth reiterating that significant portions of the Republican Party…

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Delaying Draining the Swamp is Costing Americans Big Money.

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The High Cost of Draining the Swamp

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Cruz, Lee Push Amendment to GOP Health Care Bill to Give Insurers More Options

By Rachel del Guidice, Reporter for The Daily Signal  Two conservative senators are proposing an amendment to the GOP’s health care bill that would give consumers more leeway to purchase the health insurance of their choice. Sen. Ted Cruz handed these out today in Senate lunch. How he can get to…

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Senate Republicans Promised to Repeal Obamacare, Not Bail it Out

Washington – Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said if Republicans cannot agree on Obamacare repeal legislation, the party will work with Democrats and liberal Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to pass legislation that would bailout health insurance companies and keep the failing law in place. Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A Needham: “Talk of…

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Here Are 3 Reasons the Senate Health Care Bill Should Expand Individual Health Accounts

By Jarrett Stepman, Editor for The Daily Signal As Congress works to undo the damage caused by Obamacare, members are looking for ways to maximize their opportunity to address Obamacare’s problems that drove up premium costs for insurance and reduced access to plans. One innovative idea currently under consideration: expanding the…

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Sentinel Doctor Legislative Strategy Call 06/29/17

Yesterday, conservatives working in the health care industry all came together for our monthly Doctor Legislative Strategy Call. During the call, we heard from Heritage Action’s Wesley Coopersmith, Policy Manager, and Matt Lauer, Grassroots Director.  Wesley walked through updates on the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act, and Matt provided action items for Sentinels…

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Americans Need Relief From Obamacare

By Michael A. Needham, Heritage Action for America CEO Let’s state the obvious: The Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) is not full repeal of Obamacare. Any momentum for a clean repeal effort fell by the wayside earlier this year, leaving a divided Republican Party to debate both how much of Obamacare to…

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Congress’ Inaction on Trump’s Agenda Costs America Nearly 1,000 Jobs Per Day

By Edwin J. Feulner, President of The Heritage Foundation “Drain the swamp!” It was the battle cry of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Many Republican members of Congress echoed that call as well, riding it to victory—and control of both legislative chambers. The American people rallied around the cry because it reinforced their impression of…

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What the CBO Score Means for the Senate Health Care Bill

By Drew Gonshorowski, Senior Policy Analyst, Simulations The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its score on Monday of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017. The top line score is very similar to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that was passed earlier in the House. This budgetary analysis projects…

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Conservative Spotlight: Heritage Action For America

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The Senate Should Offer a Range of Options to Encourage Continuous Insurance Coverage

By Edmund Haislmaier, Heritage Foundation Health Care Policy Expert As Senate Republicans work on legislation to start reversing Obamacare’s damage to insurance markets, one problem they need to address is the perverse incentive created by two Obamacare mandates. Those mandates required insurers to accept all applicants and prohibited them from…

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AMA Side Steps Health and Science for Political Correctness

By Danielle DiQuattro Gender identity science and politics was a major topic of discussion at the 2017 AMA Annual Meeting last week. Delegates of the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a resolution claiming that there are more than two genders and that someone’s biological gender can differ from their “gender identity,”…

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