Explaining the Graham-Cassidy Repeal Bill

Sen. Bill Cassidy speaks during a news conference on health care September 13th.    
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Supporters say it would give states more flexibility over how to spend on health care. However, as Rubin argues, the bill's "few restrictions on how states reconstitute their own system" indicate that the bill "doesn't remotely pass" the Jimmy Kimmel Test.

"What we do know is that this new Trumpcare bill, the Graham-Cassidy legislation, is worse in many ways than the previous versions of Trumpcare", Schumer said.

The revived Republican effort to uproot former President Barack Obama's health care law earned praise Tuesday from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, giving a public boost to a proposal that's given new life to a drive that seemed all but dead weeks ago.

On Wednesday night, Jimmy Kimmel laced into Republican Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana for proposing new health care legislation that Kimmel said fails the "Jimmy Kimmel" test Cassidy himself had proposed in an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last May.

Gov. Charlie Baker joined a bipartisan group of nine other governors in a letter urging lawmakers to reject the bill, calling instead for "bipartisan efforts to bring stability and affordability to our insurance markets".

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"I hope they have the courage and good sense to do that again with this one because these other guys who claim they want Americans to have better health care. they're trying to sneak this scam of a bill they cooked up in", Kimmel said of the bill that has only until September 30 to pass to take advantage of parliamentary rules that allow a simple-majority vote.

He claimed the new bill doesn't do that.

So states that want to cut ties with Obamacare can do so, but states that want to keep Obamacare will have that authority as well. Cassidy coined the phrase to mean that people with pre-existing conditions would have protections and not face lifetime caps on coverage from insurers. The plan would offer coverage to everyone, but a lot of the prices would depend on medical history.

Cuomo pointed out that, pending a CBO score, people will have to pay more for coverage; Cassidy countered he thinks people would pay less.

Will it pass?: That remains unclear. "Just telling me the bill won't have spending on abortion, and I don't agree with the spending to begin with, it isn't enough to get me on board with it", Paul said. Politico said the bill is "short of 50 votes".

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