Graham-Cassidy Obamacare Repeal Bill To Be Revised

Apparently the requirement list for Congressional Republicans to pass an Obamacare repeal bill has only one listing: a Democrat president in office who will inevitably veto it. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives in particular voted fifty separate times on Obamacare repeal legislation during Obama’s presidency.

While Congressional Republicans promised an Obamacare repeal bill on President Trump’s desk for him to sign on day one, we didn’t see one until April, which a vote wasn’t even held on because it was guaranteed to fail. A quasi-repeal bill did eventually pass the House by a vote of 217-213. It failed in the Senate thanks to Sen. John McCain and two other Republicans.

The latest proposed repeal bill is “Graham-Cassidy,” named after Republican senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham. This bill met with opposition from the same senators who voted against the last repeal attempt – plus Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. Like the past quasi-repeal, Graham-Cassidy is a faux Obamacare repeal.

And now, rather than hold a vote on the bill, it appears that senators Cassidy and Graham are going to revise their legislation entirely.

According to the Washington Examiner, Sen. Cassidy told ABC’s “This Week” that he and his colleagues will introduce a new version of the bill today. Cassidy said that the Congressional Budget Office’s scoring of the bill would be available Monday, and revision would be based off of that. The CBO’s score projects the expected effects of the repeal in terms of costs and benefits.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that he intends to bring a vote on the revised Graham-Cassidy bill this week. It’s still unclear what changes will be made, but presumably they’ll address the concerns of Republican detractors.

We’ll see what changes Cassidy adds to bill. After John McCain’s defection, however, it’s going to be very difficult to bring in more senators. I suspect many Republicans would rather let Obamacare remain in place.

If this repeal attempt fails, I believe the meme below is especially relevant…..

What do you think? Will that meme prove accurate? Tell us your thoughts below on the chances for Obamacare repeal and share this story on Facebook and Twitter!


Matt is the co-founder of Unbiased America and a freelance writer specializing in economics and politics. He’s been published in The American Thinker, Rare, The Foundation for Economic Education, The Ludwig von Mises Institute, and National Review. He is the author of the new book A Paradoxical Alliance: Islam and the Left. Follow him on Twitter at @MattPalumbo12.

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  • Let's stop some folks in Congress from receiving kickbacks from big pharma, and under table cash from George Soros and see if any changes take place .. I notice Obama freaks out, when thinks about big pharma stopping kickbacks if Obamacare gets repealed

  • The Republicans are not repealing this bill, because they get to use the insurance. It is their's to hold on to and all they have to do, is repeal the Obamacare and go back to what we had before Obama and the Democrats wrecked the Health Insurance we were all enjoying. They can add money for the people who had a preexisting condition and open the state lines to find the insurance at the best rate. That is pretty simple, but we are dealing with the people in Washington who think of themselves first and the people who put them in office.

  • Why in the heck can’t we go back to what we had before Obamacare? Since when does everyone deserve full-healthcare? For crying out loud, the deadbeats had emergency care before Obamacare, which is more than they deserve. The only people who deserve full healthcare are the ones who work and pay for their own and their family’s healthcare, and the US citizens who are disabled and/or legitimately unable to work and provide for their healthcare. To saddle the working-class population and small business owners with the bill for these lazy deadbeats’ and illegal aliens’ medical bills is unconscionable. It is already failing; insurance companies are dropping out because it is unsustainable. It is reducing the quality of healthcare available as doctors and other healthcare providers drop out because of their diminishing paychecks; and eventually there will be no one replacing them. Why? Why should they pay for 8 years and more of expensive education if they can’t expect a commensurate salary once they become a doctor? And what about our seniors living on fixed incomes who worked and paid their taxes all their lives and who now depend on Medicare for their healthcare, medications, and hospitalization? Their co-pays are now becoming so expensive that they are having to choose which medications are the most important to take, and having to reduce their recommended dosage in order to stretch out the medications as long as possible. These kinds of concessions will inevitably lead to early deaths for some. This stupid idea that “everyone deserves healthcare” is just plain wrong. In reality no one really deserves anything. Living in a free USA used to mean we had the right to pursue happiness, based on the freedoms our fathers and forefathers fought and died for. For some of us, happiness meant becoming a doctor and earning a lot of money and prestige, for others earning a certificate in a trade school was enough to earn a modest living, and to be happy with that. But no where does our Constitution state that our country will provide free housing, food, education and healthcare. Because if we continue down this slippery slope, the next thing that Congress will be forcing its citizens to pay for will be free houses, cars, TVs and other “necessities.” (We’re already being forced to pay for free food, healthcare, and cell phones, and even free some free housing!) Where does it stop? If we continue on this disastrous path of self-indulgence, our country will rapidly become just another poverty-stricken third-world country.

  • Senator <Paul. Why in the hell dont you make up a Bill that YOu would sign? I mean, after all, you ARE a Medical DOCTOR aren't you????Why is it so friggin complicated to arrive at consensus? You will never draw up a PERFECT bill, Someone will always oppose SOMETHING! GEEZ!

  • Obamacare needs to be repealed or at least replaced & the ridiculous regulations & taxes taken out of it but I have my doubts any of that will get accomplished by our corrupt politicians!

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