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GOP Senators Throw another Health Care Hail Mary

GOP Senators Throw another Health Care Hail Mary

Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) - and former Sen.

Instead of funding Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, premium tax-credits and cost-sharing reductions, the bill would redistribute that money to states in the form of block grants.

The widened healthcare discussion appeared unlikely to yield dramatic changes soon, but marked a shift from the long-running, Republican effort to gut 2010's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as Obamacare is formally known.

Still, Heller insisted to TPM on Wednesday that Nevada would see a 30 percent health care spending increase under the bill, and said Nevada could both keep and expand its Medicaid program if it passes. In addition to eliminating Medicaid expansion funding, the bill retains the same per capita cap funding structure included in the Senate's previous Better Care Reconciliation Act, a provision estimated to result in billions of dollars in federal cuts to the program.

Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute, told LifeZette that Obamacare has demonstrated that insurance regulation is best enacted on the sate level because state governments have far more experience with it. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. and various Democrats to unveil a new single-payer bill that would cover all Americans under a more comprehensive version of Medicare.

But some experts are skeptical that auto-enrollment could work on its own; they recommend pairing it with policies, such as late-enrollment penalties, to encourage people to obtain health insurance.

One slender reed of optimism for the bill is the fact that Senator John McCain, the key vote against the "skinny repeal" bill in July, has made positive noises about his amigo Lindsey Graham's handiwork. My Administration has consistently worked to enact legislation that repeals and replaces Obamacare, and that can pass the Senate and make it to my desk. And Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray, from the Senate's committee covering health care, are also reportedly working on a bipartisan Obamacare reform bill. It is likely that they would also protest this bill. Moreover, one of the GOP senators who wound up supporting skinny repeal, Rand Paul, has announced opposition to Graham-Cassidy. Elizabeth Warren of MA, have already signed on to Mr. Sanders' bill. It takes us off the path to single payer health care - which would be a disaster - and puts us on a path toward local control.

Wisconsin's U.S. Senators are supporting opposing health care bills in Washington.

"The American people want to know what we are going to do to fix a dysfunctional healthcare system which costs us twice as much per person as any other country and yet leaves 28 million people uninsured, and even more underinsured", Sanders declared.