15 days left to end Obamacare's war on unborn

Two GOP senators have a new plan to repeal Obamacare but face a ticking clock

The Trump administration is eager for a large legislative victory before the 2018 midterm elections after Republican-led efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act failed in the Senate.

With the GOP in control of the House and Senate, Republican lawmakers have no excuse for not fulfilling the party's five-year promise to overhaul Obamacare once and for all, Perkins and Dannenfelser argued.

But should the bill survive, experts are sounding the alarm about its likely impact - and the picture is a grim one. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski in July to reject bills to repeal and replace Obamacare.

At a Wednesday press conference, U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana), Dean Heller (R-Nevada), Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pennsylvania) unveiled legislation to reform health care.

Separately, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell instructed the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office to speed up its scoring of the legislation, a move that indicates he is putting some weight behind the effort.

Asked whether the path to 50 still existed without his support, a senior aide for Cassidy replied, "We believe so based on the conversations we've had." .

Indivisible, which was crucial in organizing grassroots opposition to various forms of Trumpcare, called on its followers to "take action immediately" by contacting their senators and urging them to vote no on Graham-Cassidy.

We have a decent sense of which senators Cassidy might not have.

The measure essentially would provide states authority to design their own health-insurance systems.

On MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Thursday, Cassidy said Republican and Democratic governors, insurance commissioners and Medicaid directors are asking for more flexibility.

That reality hasn't discouraged the bill's sponsors.

President Trump welcomed the bill's introduction, saying: "inaction is not an option, and I sincerely hope that Senators Graham and Cassidy have found a way to address the Obamacare crisis".

Cassidy, a co-author of the GOP's last-ditch effort to fulfill its health care promise ahead of its September 30 parliamentary deadline, told reporters Friday morning that "we're probably at 48-49 [votes] and talking to two or three more", according to the Hill. The GOP can only afford two defections, thanks to Vice President Mike Pence's tiebreaker vote.

Some Republicans have already come out against the bill.

Mr. Paul said he can not support the bill because it leaves "90 percent" of Obamacare, including many of its taxes and coverage rules, in place.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), one of Capitol Hill's most ardent opponents of the current plan, contends that passage would mean Republicans are taking ownership of Obamacare rather than repealing the healthcare law in any meaningful way.

Some on the left are ringing alarm bells that the bill could be closer to passing than people realize. In an email sent Friday, Brad Woodhouse, director of the Protect Our Care Campaign, warned that the Graham-Cassidy proposal could garner unexpected support from conservatives. The House can still pass the Senate bill whenever it chooses after September 30-it just can't make any changes.

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