— Michael Clayton —
Take for example the Graham-Cassidy bill being pushed by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA). While the sponsors and supporters of this legislation are touting it as Republicans last chance to keep their campaign promises, does it actually repeal ObamaCare?
Well, no, not even close.
The Graham-Cassidy bill simply redistributes federal funding to the state level, letting the states themselves determine whether or not they want to keep ObamaCare subsidies in place. It creates a block-grant system which “all states would receive some amount of federal resources to provide at least some level of coverage to certain populations who would be ineligible for Medicaid.”
Late last week Senator Rand Paul went on a tweet storm to voice his opposition to the Graham-Cassidy bill:
Senator Paul is pretty fired up about this, and you should be too. I don’t think I need to remind you that Republicans promised to repeal ObamaCare over, and over, and over, and over again under President Obama. The constant refrain back then was that Republicans didn’t have a majority in either chamber of Congress, and they didn’t hold the Presidency. So what’s the excuse now?
The fact that Republicans are pushing compromise legislation like the Graham-Cassidy bill is a knife in the back to hard-working Americans that are struggling to afford their astronomical health care bills. By creating a block-grant system for individual states to compete over federal resources, the Graham-Cassidy legislation all but ensures the creation of an entirely new federal bureaucracy of unelected officials. This is simply not conservative.
Here’s what Avik Roy at Forbes had to say over the weekend when diving into the details of the Graham-Cassidy bill:
“Given that the plan will not garner any Democratic support, it seems odd that Graham-Cassidy surrenders unilaterally to state-based single payer initiatives. It would make more sense for the bill to enact guardrails that prohibit subsidies from going to government-run insurers.
Notably, Graham-Cassidy repeals very few of the tax increases enacted under Obamacare. The bill would repeal Obamacare’s taxes on over-the-counter medications and medical devices, but keep nearly all of the others, including some that needlessly drive up premiums and others that have served as long-term drags on the economy.”
Good point. Why are Republicans Senators pandering to Democrats by offering them a federally-backed experiment in “state-based single payer” health care? And the Graham-Cassidy bill keeps “nearly all” of ObamaCare taxes? Ladies and gentlemen, this is a full-blown sellout.
Senator Paul added more this morning:
After seven-plus years of promising to repeal ObamaCare, Republicans should at the very least vote to repeal it, then replace it with a conservative alternative. Republicans who back the Graham-Cassidy bill are simply giving up on their promise, and essentially voting to keep government-run health care for decades to come.
With Senator Paul standing in firm opposition to the Graham-Cassidy health care sham, if Republicans lose just two more votes the legislation won’t pass. I encourage you to give your U.S. Senators a call at 202-224-3121 today and tell them to OPPOSE GRAHAM-CASSIDY.
Just as I was finishing up writing this, Senator Paul penned an Op-Ed at FOX News where he provides further details on why he can’t support the Graham-Cassidy bill:
“Unfortunately, they’re back again, and I must add to the list of ObamaCare Lite plans to oppose the new Graham/Cassidy bill that was introduced last week in the Senate.
In all ways, this bill is also ObamaCare Lite. In no way is it repeal the way we promised. I will oppose this bill as I did the other fake repeal bills, and I urge those who want repeal to do so, as well.
Make no mistake – Graham/Cassidy keeps ObamaCare funding and regulations in place. Oh, it rearranges the furniture a bit, changes some names, and otherwise masks what is really going on – a redistribution of ObamaCare taxes and a new Republican entitlement program, funded nearly as extravagantly as ObamaCare.
Graham/Cassidy doesn’t repeal a single ObamaCare insurance regulation. All of the Title 1 rules, the Essential Health Benefit rules, all of them – they’re still in place here.”