Republicans Gather Thursday in Last Ditch Obamacare Repeal Effort
Congressional Republicans say they are short three votes to repeal and replace Obamacare and this Thursday they will meet on Capitol Hill to plot ways to get the final votes.
Led by Louisiana senator Bill Cassidy, the Republicans believe they are close to having the votes they need to kill the program that has helped millions of Americans obtain the needed healthcare.
“I am pretty confident we’ll get there on the Republican side,” Cassidy told a group of reporters in his office last week. “We’re probably at 48-49 [votes] and talking to two or three more.”
Should the GOP succeed on their repeal-and replace effort, over 20 million Americans who currently have health insurance will likely lose it.
But Republicans have a problem. Just like the last effort to repeal Obamacare, they may have a tough time finding the needed votes to push their bill over the finish line.
Health insurance experts say GOP’s push to end Obamacare is aimed at appeasing their base but there may be ways to stop this final push.
Congressional Democrats together with Democratic leaning organizations and activists are making a push to stop Congressional Republicans in their track.
Join that effort and add your voice to the push to stop the Republicans and strengthen Obamacare instead of repealing it.
The Republicans have a short window to pass their bill. It must pass by September 30 and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced Friday he will vote against any effort to repeal and replace Affordable Care saying the new bill kept too much of Obamacare.
Sen. Cassidy has promised to keep trying to kill Obamacare even if his current effort fails.
“I told my wife when I got home last night that yesterday may have been my best day as a senator, and I’ve had some pretty good days,” Cassidy said.
The new plan by Cassidy, Heller, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) gives more power to states and ends ObamaCare subsidies that help people afford coverage. It will also end Medicaid expansion and will instead convert those funds into a block grant to states.
The Republican leadership currently does not appear to be in full support of the bill and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has told Cassidy and Graham that they must find the needed 50 votes on their own before the bill will be brought up for debate on the Senate floor.
Cassidy told the media Friday that the GOP leadership has asked the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to prioritize its analysis of the new bill, an important step before it can be brought up on the floor.
“We’re told that CBO was told by our leadership to make this a priority above all other priorities,” Cassidy said. “Mitch has always said, ‘Show me you can get 50 votes.’ ”
Once they have the needed 50 votes, Republicans will rely on Vice President Pence to break the tie.
Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), the No. 2 Republican in the U.S. Senate, promised Thursday to do a whip count on the bill to determine its level of support before the Thursday meeting.
Democratic activists are alarmed at the prospects of the bill passing. They are now mobilizing against it and need your support.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal leaning organization said its analysis found that the new GOP bill, if it became law, would lead to a 17 percent cut in spending compared to ObamaCare.
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