Oregon Faces Steep Cuts Under New Republican Health Care Plan

Carla Harmon
September 22, 2017

Not having it. Jimmy Kimmel is slamming the Republican health care bill again and this time, he is defending himself against those that are dismissing his criticisms because he's a comedian. It's the Cassidy-Graham bill, named after Louisiana Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.

Overall, the study says the bill would result in $160 billion less federal health care funding than under current law from 2020-2026.

The Republican governor, who heads President Donald Trump's anti-opioid commission, is promoting his efforts to address the state's opioid epidemic, and his administration has used Medicaid money for treatment. A GOP Senate health care vote on the Graham Cassidy legislation could come as early as next week, and Republicans may be just one vote shy of being able to pass it.

Klobuchar and Sanders will argue against a bill that Minnesota officials say could cost the state billions of dollars in federal funding in the coming years. They're under pressure because the Senate parliamentarian has ruled that September 30 is the last day they can do so under a process called reconciliation, which is tied to next year's budget and requires only 50 votes for passage; starting October 1, 60 votes and Democratic cooperation will be required.

One GOP senator on Thursday, however, seemed to suggest that the new bill could leave sick Americans worse off. Sen.

Thune's office also confirmed that the South Dakota Republican will vote for the new bill by Sens.

The proposal would eliminate the requirement for everyone to have health insurance, and it would give states block grants to create their own health systems. The cuts look even larger when the bill's conversion of traditional Medicaid funding into a per-person allotment is factored in, rising to $160 billion.

But it would also redistribute federal funds from states that have already expanded Medicaid to primarily Republican-controlled states that previously turned down additional Medicaid benefits under the ACA, according to Vox.

The analysis is by Avalere Health, a Washington-based health policy consulting firm.

Bay State lawmakers are fuming that MA stands to be one of biggest losers of federal health care funds under a plan to revamp Obamacare offered by U.S. Sens. John McCain's vote could end up being crucial.

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