Published: Thu, September 21, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Pelosi Says Graham-Cassidy Is GOP's 'Latest And Worst' Obamacare Repeal Bill

Pelosi Says Graham-Cassidy Is GOP's 'Latest And Worst' Obamacare Repeal Bill

The Republican Senate leaders are under pressure to pass Graham/Cassidy and repeal Obamacare - in the wake of failed attempts earlier this year - by September 30, when it would take only GOP votes for it to advance, according to rules relating to passing a budget. Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson, of Florida, is a cosponsor. Cassidy dubbed it the "Jimmy Kimmel test".

Kimmel said the Graham-Cassidy bill is a scam that's trying to sneak in confusing language which does nothing its supporters claim it does.

The Graham-Cassidy Bill, named for senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, would end the Obamacare individual and employer mandates and would shift the law's Medicaid expansion program into block grants for states. Sen.

Cassidy insisted this morning (Sept.20) that the bill will protect those with pre-existing conditions.

"It is the Leader's intention to consider Graham-Cassidy on the floor next week", said McConnell spokesman Don Stewart. And he has sarcastically invited the Louisiana senator to take a new "Jimmy Kimmel test".

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The reaction was swift and fierce, especially because Kimmel tweeted the Capitol switchboard number for viewers to call their senators urging a "no" vote.

But on Tuesday night, Kimmel took on the critics, saying, "Before you post a nasty Facebook message saying I'm politicizing my son's health problems, I want you to know: I am politicizing my son's health problems because I have to".

"There's a new Jimmy Kimmel test for you", he addressed to Cassidy. "Would a child born with congenital heart disease be able to get everything he or she would need in that first year of life?" The president called Graham-Cassidy "GREAT!" The bill would reduce spending gaps between states that expanded Medicaid and the mostly Republican states that did not, but details on the measure's exact effects on each state were unclear.

"More people will have coverage", he said. Rand Paul (R-KY) has dismissed it as "Obamacare lite" and Sen.

Gardner, a Republican from Colorado, made similar comments before his votes this summer on every other major GOP health care bill attempting to undo Obamacare that came before the U.S. Senate.

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