Republicans Push for Health Care Vote With Support Uncertain

John Barrasso (R-WY) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaks with reporters following the party luncheons on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 19, 2017. Bill Cassidy, (R-LA), and Sen.

Angry, yelling protesters forced the Senate Finance Committee to briefly delay the chamber's first and only hearing on the charged issue.

Earl Pomeroy, ex-president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners is a Democrat and a former USA representative from North Dakota.

The so-called Graham-Cassidy, named after Republican senators Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana who sponsor it, was the party's new hope to replace former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act.

With Democrats voting in lockstep against pushes to repeal the law known as Obamacare, Republicans can afford to lose only two senators if the bill is to pass. Sen. "The bill is being driven by calendar, not content". Ted Cruz had also said he was now a "no vote". "It's now-or-never".

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Graham and Cassidy's revamped proposal gives states more freedom to charge higher premiums for older and seriously ill people and to sell skimpy, lower-cost policies. The measure would end Obama's Medicaid expansion and subsidies for consumers and ship the money - $1.2 trillion through 2026 - to states to use on health services with few constraints.

The new Republican plan would essentially equalize federal funding between states that expanded Medicaid and states that did not, but the latest version makes those changes more gradually.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who decides when the Senate could address the bill, has said they "intend" to vote this week on the legislation that's aimed at restructuring the USA health care system and repealing some of the signature elements of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said the lawmaker had not abandoned his previously announced opposition to the measure, saying the lawmaker wanted "significant" cuts in the law's spending. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and some Democrats are pushing for.

"CBO will not be able to provide point estimates of the effects on the deficit, health insurance coverage, or premiums for at least several weeks", the agency said in a statement about the bill. McCain said he could not "in good conscience" support the bill because it doesn't have bipartisan support and didn't go through the regular order, which includes committee markups, hearings and debates.

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