AARP: GOP repeal could raise seniors' healthcare cost by $16K a year

Ready to deal this time? Alaska's Murkowski is in the health-care spotlight. Again.

Because there are enough Republican votes in the Senate to pass the Graham-Cassidy bill with a simple majority, the GOP leadership recognizes that this may be the last opportunity to repeal the ACA for some time. Texas would gain more than any state, while California and NY would lose billions of dollars.

Two other reports, by consulting firm Manatt and by the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, show the same pattern. Today, morethan a quarter of non-elderly adults have health conditions that would have made them ineligible for coverage in this market, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

"This bill would be a disaster for DE seniors, Delawareans with disabilities, and children and adults in low-income households who depend on Medicaid as their connection to care", Carney said.

Republicans are reportedly offering sweeteners for Alaska in an effort to win GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy. He believes this bill will help get the nation out of debt.

Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, speaks with reporters about the Cassidy-Graham healthcare bill following the party luncheons on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 19, 2017.

The analysis found the healthcare bill would reduce federal funding to states by $215 billion through 2026, by $489 billion through 2027 and by more than $4 trillion through 2036.

The bill would replace much of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, with block grants to states, giving them leeway on spending the money, and would cut Medicaid.

Then it takes all the money from those programs, puts it together and redistributes it to the states to set up their own health care systems.

But under Graham-Cassidy, that would change.

But in a state in which GOP lawmakers rejected expanding Medicaid that would have provided health care to at least 700,000 more Floridians, Castor said it was too big a risk to let Tallahassee have more control over people's health care.

"If these proposals were to go forward, both primary and specialty care would fall further, emergency rooms would be more crowded, we would have undone exactly what ACA was trying to accomplish", said Dr. Ted Mazer, president-elect of the California Medical Association.

Otter said he recently talked to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price on the phone about Idaho's waiver plan and said Price assured him that the federal government would work with Idaho. "Baker said on NPR's Morning Edition".

Under this bill, states can get out of those requirements. Money direct to States! If Graham-Cassidy passes, it will most likely happen after that.

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