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I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried. Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will affect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it. Without a full CBO score, which won’t be available by the end of the month, we won’t have reliable answers to any of those questions.
“Calling a bill that KEEPS most of Obamacare ‘repeal’ doesn’t make it true. That’s what the swamp does,” Paul tweeted. “I won’t be bribed or bullied.”
“I’m leaning against the bill,” the Maine Republican said after listing a series of serious deficiencies in the Graham-Cassidy repeal bill.
“I’m reading the fine print on Graham-Cassidy,” Collins said. She said insurers could charge sky-high rates to people with pre-existing conditions. “The premiums would be so high they would be unaffordable.”
This comes as a new study concluded Graham-Cassidy would create 15 million more uninsured in the next two years, 21 million by 2026, and 32 million after that. And a Public Policy Polling survey found only 24% of Americans support Graham-Cassidy, while 54% approve of Obamacare. Will threats to defund federal programs in Alaska unless Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) votes ‘Yes’ prove to be moot?
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