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Graham, other senators introducing health care plan

Graham, other senators introducing health care plan

In an animated, campaign-style rally, Sen. Meanwhile, Democrat Bernie Sanders is proposing to expand Medicare to cover all USA residents.

People would lose their insurance-32 million, according to unofficial estimates-and the bill would make it harder for states that now insure low-income people to be able to do so.

Though Sanders' plan is going nowhere in the current GOP-controlled Congress, he drew a big crowd to a packed and electrified Senate hearing room.

The Republican effort to dismantle Obama's law is also a long shot. Kamala Harris of California, Elizabeth Warren of MA and Cory Booker of New Jersey - each of whom is said to be launching White House bids in 2020.

President Donald Trump praised the senator, but it was unclear how much energy the White House was putting into it with GOP attention shifting to a tax overhaul.

GRAHAM: "There is a lot of fight left in the Republican Party when it comes to repealing and replacing Obamacare".

Senate Republicans must act before the end of the month to get something done under the 2017 budget, which helps the GOP avoid a Democratic filibuster. Twenty-six percent of Republican said it should be a "very important priority", and only 16 percent said repealing the Affordable Care act should not be a priority. After September 30, this option disappears and both houses need a 60 percent majority to pass any new health care bill. But it's a touchstone for the Democratic Party's liberal, activist base.

The room where Sanders spoke held more than 200 people, including members of unions and progressive groups. On the other hand, McCain is best friends with South Carolina Sen. Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania joined the news conference to show his support for the bill. The money would be funneled through the popular Children's Health Insurance Program, a long-standing block grant to provide care for low- and moderate-income children.

Medicaid expansion would disappear; this throws millions off insurance.

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Conservatives have described a single-payer insurance plan in grim terms, labeling it a massive government takeover of the country's healthcare system that would strangle out individual choice.

"Obamacare continues to collapse, and we have no choice but to address this problem head on", Sen. "But we will go further".

Under the ACA, four states - New York, California, Massachusetts and Maryland - get 40 percent of the money from the ACA, Graham said.

But try as they might, these lawmakers can't ignore the price tag. That state's particularly generous proposal would cover all medical expenses (no out-of-pocket payments or co-pays) for USA citizens, permanent residents, and undocumented immigrants. "People are coming out and saying they are for it, either publicly or privately", Cassidy told reporters in his office.

The version he introduced during his 2016 presidential run was supposed to cost an enormous $1.4 trillion annually.

This proposal removes the decisions from Washington and gives states significant latitude over how the dollars are used to best take care of the unique health care needs of the patients in each state.

They would get health coverage simply by showing a new government-issued card.

Instead of funding Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, premium tax-credits and cost-sharing reductions, the bill would redistribute that money to states in the form of block grants.

Betsy Imholz, special project director at Consumers Union, called the legislative effort "a distraction from the productive bipartisan efforts underway in the Senate to pass real solutions to stabilize and strengthen the insurance markets".

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