Republicans are in a tight race against the clock to pass a repeal and replace Obamacare bill before Sept. 30. Republicans won’t be able to use the reconciliation process once the fiscal year ends. After that, they would have to work with Democrats. After seven long years and hundreds of attempts, they’ve come up with yet another last chance Hail Mary.
The Graham-Cassidy Bill gives authority to individual states spend a block grant any way they choose, with only a few caveats from Washington. States that have not participated in the grant program under Obamacare will now get the money they had previously rejected – redistributing funds from states that did take the grants under Obamacare – because now it will come with no strings attached. The bill lets states eliminate benefits mandated by Obamacare, such as prescription drugs, hospitalization, and maternity care. It also would let states “Get a waiver allowing insurers to charge people more if they or a dependent have a pre-existing condition, or if they get sick and want to keep their insurance.”
In April, Jimmy Kimmel’s’ son Billy was born with a rare congenital heart defect. No one can imagine how a parent feels getting such news on what’s one of the happiest days in someone’s life. So Jimmy became an outspoken advocate for universal healthcare. Louisiana senator Bill Cassidy said earlier on Kimmel’s ABC show that any health bill should pass a “Jimmy Kimmel test.” The pre-existing condition waiver fails the test. And makes Cassidy a liar.
Now, every Republican in the country has gone apoplectic that a late show TV host would even have an opinion about what goes on in Washington. I’d like to remind them that it wasn’t that long ago that the President of the United States of America was a reality TV host.
“Think you’re escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.” – James Joyce, Ulysses