Backers of the Graham-Cassidy legislation
to repeal Obamacare are madly trying to amend the bill to win over enough Republican senators for passage.
* Payola for Alaska, Kentucky, Arizona
and Maine, with senators deeply skeptical.
* Absolute clarity that states may end the guarantees of coverage of pre-existing medical conditions without penalty.
* The end of Medicaid over time as we know it.
* No independent assessment of the legislation by the Congressional Budget Office before a vote. No meaningful debate.
* Disingenuous depictions of money provided by the legislation.
Axios lays out the details here
. They amount to another debunking of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's
insistence that the bill isn't bad for Arkansas, which has led the nation in providing health security to its people through adoption
of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. Hutchinson is already intent on cutting beneficiaries by 20 percent or more and is apparently comfortable with still more draconian cuts. Why he hasn't gotten some special treatment for Arkansas, after claiming a vital role in the shaping of the bill, is a question someone might ask him at Central High this morning. (Along with "When will Little Rock get its schools back?")
According to Graham and Cassidy's analysis, the revised bill would direct more money to Alaska, Arizona, Kentucky and Maine, compared with earlier versions. But it would still reduce overall federal funding to those states — whose Republican senators are, for now, opposed to the bill or undecided.
More here from Vox
Although the state-by-state numbers being circulated show these states faring well, the Kaiser Family Foundation's Larry Levitt called them "pretty misleading," as they don't take into account the per-person cap on federal Medicaid funding. They also add state savings to the block grants under the bill, but don't include them in the current law baseline, meaning the comparison isn't apples to apples.
The revisions also ramped up some of the regulatory rollbacks needed to help win conservative votes. Sen. Ted Cruz said earlier today that he's not yet on board with the legislation.
on the chaos this bill would cause.