Opposition Grows

Most Americans disapprove of Graham-Cassidy health care bill. That, according to a newly released CBS News poll.

Most Americans — 52 percent — disapprove of the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, according to a CBS News Poll conducted between Sept. 21 and 24.

Only 20 percent of those polled said they approved of the Republican legislation aimed at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act signed into law by President Obama.

Overall, more than a quarter of those surveyed by CBS News declined to give an opinion of the GOP bill, but those who did express an opinion said they disapproved by more than two to one.

Meanwhile, the New York Times is reporting that “the authors of the latest plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act shifted money in the bill to Alaska and Maine, which are represented by Republican senators who appear reluctant to support it.”

The revised version of the bill, written by Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, would provide extra money for an unnamed “high-spending low-density state,” a last-minute change seemingly aimed at Alaska and its holdout Republican senator, Lisa Murkowski, who has yet to say how she will vote. It would also send money toward Maine, whose Republican senator, Susan Collins, had said earlier on Sunday that she would almost certainly vote no.

Fox News added, “Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., one of the bill’s co-authors, reportedly circulated a chart Sunday that showed Alaska receiving 3 percent more funding and Maine receiving 43 percent more. The chart said the legislation’s grants would provide 14 percent more for Arizona than under Obama’s law, 4 percent more for Kentucky and 49 percent more for Texas. Republicans were adding $14.5 billion to the measure for states, according to documents obtained late Sunday by The Associated Press.”

The plan cannot afford to lose more than two Republican votes if it is to have any chance of passing by the September 30th deadline.  Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Arizona Senator John McCain have both indicated they will vote against the measure.

Time Magazine ran a recent headline that read, “John McCain says his health care vote wasn’t personal.” An excerpt from that story is below.

Speaking in an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes Sunday, McCain was asked to comment on whether his deciding vote, which was crucial in ending that Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare, was a way to “get back at the President” for attacking the senator’s Vietnam War record.

 

“If I took offense at everybody who has said something about me, or disparaged me or something like that — life is too short,” McCain replied. “You’ve gotta move on. And on an issue of this importance to the nation, for me to worry about a personal relationship, then I’m not doing my job.”

The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) is one of many state and national health organizations that opposed the bill. AzHHA extended its thanks to Senator McCain for his “principled leadership” with a full page ad that you can see below.

AZHHA full pg thank you ad press 2

While we continue to believe changes to the Affordable Care Act are needed, we do not believe the current plan being offered is the answer. We’d love to hear what you think….and what you believe the next steps should be to bring better health and better health care to the people of our state. Generating meaningful conversations around the health issues making headlines is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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