Critics are saying the new Republican plan to repeal Obamacare is like a bad sequel to a horrible movie: The Healthcare Zombie Returns.
It’s a measure of how heartbroken some in the GOP are by their failure to fulfill their campaign promise to repeal Obamacare two months ago, that they’re back at it and generating some buzz.
They don’t have much time. At the end of next week budget rules expire that would let it pass with 50 votes and a tie breaker from the Vice President instead of the 60 votes that are usually required to overcome a filibuster.
Republicans need just one more vote than they mustered in July.
The bill, sponsored by Senators Lindsey Graham of (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy of (R-LA), would do the following:
- It would give states control over billions of dollars in federal health care spending.
- It would cut Medicaid spending for the poor and elderly and disabled by an estimated $239 billion dollars over six years.
- It would end the mandate that even healthy people and employers buy insurance.
- It would likely leave even fewer people covered than the bill that failed in July, and eliminate the minimum basket of benefits mandated by Obamacare.
- And it would shift money from places like Maryland and DC, which expanded Medicaid, to places like Virginia, which did not.