Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) are spearheading efforts to repeal and replace substantial parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The bill they’ve introduced is expected to go to vote later this week. There are many changes that the so-called “Graham-Cassidy” bill would make to the ACA—here are three that stand out the most:
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The biggest controversy of the Graham-Cassidy bill is about the block grants to states. Federal funding for healthcare would be fixed and ultimately less than what it would otherwise be under the ACA.
There is also a worry by Democrats and even some Republicans that this type of system does not provide enough protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
The main underlying issues and concerns that have been debated in Washington D.C. throughout the year appear to be the same with the Graham-Cassidy bill.
It’s unclear if Senate Republicans will get the 51 votes they need to pass this legislation and move it onto the next phase. Keep in mind that even if they do get the 51 votes, the bill would have to go back to the House of Representatives and it’s unclear if it would pass in that Chamber again.