This is doubtless not what Graham and Cassidy would have wished. They doubtless would have wished, rather, that no one at all had heard about their bill,
And sixty votes for this ugly thing ain't gonna happen nohow.
But fifty votes might well happen, even though:
- The Congressional Budget Office hasn't had enough time to give the bill a score.
- The bill has received no Senate hearings.
- The cutback in Medicare expansion, federal subsidies and other cutbacks and the switch to state-by-state block grants will cause 15 million or more people will lose their heath care.
- AARP, The American Medical Association, The American Hospital Association, The American Pediatric Association, The American Cancer Society, and every other medical association in this country have come out against Graham-Cassidy.
- The health insurance industry has come out out loudly and strongly against the bill, predicting that the state-by-state block grants to finance health insurance (or finance whatever else the states would prefer to use it for) would create a chaotic mismatched, cobbled-together, impossible-to-control Frankenstein monster of a situation.
Under Graham-Cassidy 34 states will their insurance funding cut by billions, including the eight Red states that implemented the Obamacare Medicaid expansion.
The attitude towards Graham-Cassidy among Senate Republicans appears to be, "Uh, well, uh, yeah, we don't really understand it, it doesn't look great, or anything, but, meh, we'll vote for it anyway because, like, you know, we promised our base we'd do something to get Obama's name off healthcare."
Even if it means thousands among their base would die under Graham-Cassidy from an inability to afford necessary healthcare.
I will be MC-ing the Your Book My Book Authors & Wiɇnṋers Open Mic/Book Signing at Dirty Frank's, 2836 W. Broad St, Columbus, OH, on September 24, 2017 from 11am - 1pm.
Come meet the local authors and have some great food!