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senate Bill S. 16281

Graham-Cassidy: Repealing Obamacare and Giving States Block Grants to Help People Buy Health Insurance

Argument in favor

This bill would take money and power out of Washington and give it back to patients and states by rolling back the more onerous parts of Obamacare — like the individual and employer mandates and the medical device tax — through block grants and Medicaid reforms.

09/21/2017
True health care reform will happen when care is redesigned around the patient, not the doctor or hospital; when the financial incentives reward better health outcomes rather than hospital beds filled; and when the consumer has access to information to make good choices. While parts of the ACA are clearly on the right track to address health care reform, other parts need to be significantly improved. The focus should be on improving the affordability of health care for ‘every’ American.
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William's Opinion
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09/21/2017
I support this bill. The current system of the ACA is untenable. It will die by the sheer weight of its own volume. Healthcare is a product of human derived technology. It is not a human right. It is not guaranteed by the Constitution. It is acquired through hard work and the toil of your labor. Free healthcare is a communist ideal. It has not worked in any other country. It will not work in ours either. The massive expense will break our economy.
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Jake's Opinion
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09/21/2017
Although it is not perfect, it is a step back from the tyrannical process Obamacare has inflicted on EVERYONE. By passing this, it will open the gates for more specialized healthcare insurance and thereby reduce the costs of healthcare insurance. It gives us the people more power to influence the free market.
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Argument opposed

Rather than trying to apply measured fixes to the flaws of Obamacare, this bill negatively transforms America’s healthcare system in a way that could cause people to pay more for their health insurance or reduce the benefits plans cover, making quality coverage hard to find.

Anne's Opinion
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09/21/2017
It seems that Republicans are looking for a win no matter how this bill would effect Americans. To ram this bill through without the CBO score, with many health associations and foundations against it, and even Blue Cross Blue Shield against it is horrifying. States will lose many federal dollars and won't be able to make up the losses so those costs will be passed on to consumers. States will be able to lift protections for those with pre-existing conditions, and lifetime caps on coverage. I don't trust states to be able to run exchanges. If Japan, Germany, France, Sweden, Canada, and so many other countries have figured out how to do healthcare, why the hell can't we?
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Sarah's Opinion
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09/21/2017
Certainly the ACA has its problems. Not the least because the Republicans have attempted to undermine and sabotage it at every turn. Regardless, pushing 32M vulnerable Americans off of their healthcare is atrocious. Unforgivable. Even Trump has called the GOP's plans mean. Vote no on Graham-Cassidy.
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Alice's Opinion
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09/21/2017
Was I not clear the last time we were through this? Why is this travesty of a healthcare bill back on the floor? Please support Medicare for all- it is way past time for us to have universal healthcare the way Every other developed country has. I don't care how many healthcare corporations lose money. I'm more concerned with the people in this country losing their lives.
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    IntroducedSeptember 13th, 2017
    True health care reform will happen when care is redesigned around the patient, not the doctor or hospital; when the financial incentives reward better health outcomes rather than hospital beds filled; and when the consumer has access to information to make good choices. While parts of the ACA are clearly on the right track to address health care reform, other parts need to be significantly improved. The focus should be on improving the affordability of health care for ‘every’ American.
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    It seems that Republicans are looking for a win no matter how this bill would effect Americans. To ram this bill through without the CBO score, with many health associations and foundations against it, and even Blue Cross Blue Shield against it is horrifying. States will lose many federal dollars and won't be able to make up the losses so those costs will be passed on to consumers. States will be able to lift protections for those with pre-existing conditions, and lifetime caps on coverage. I don't trust states to be able to run exchanges. If Japan, Germany, France, Sweden, Canada, and so many other countries have figured out how to do healthcare, why the hell can't we?
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    Certainly the ACA has its problems. Not the least because the Republicans have attempted to undermine and sabotage it at every turn. Regardless, pushing 32M vulnerable Americans off of their healthcare is atrocious. Unforgivable. Even Trump has called the GOP's plans mean. Vote no on Graham-Cassidy.
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    Was I not clear the last time we were through this? Why is this travesty of a healthcare bill back on the floor? Please support Medicare for all- it is way past time for us to have universal healthcare the way Every other developed country has. I don't care how many healthcare corporations lose money. I'm more concerned with the people in this country losing their lives.
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    We need more health insurance coverage, not less. As a healthy person I have no issue subsidizing someone who is sick.
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    Repair the ACA - don’t repeal it!
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    No. Do not support this bill! It's a terrible healthcare bill that shows the Rs distain for people in a lower pay grade than themselves. Support Medicare for all please. Thank you.
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    G-C undermines the Senate HELP committee's existing bipartisan efforts to strengthen the ACA, and violates key protections for Americans with preexisting conditions.
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    I support this bill. The current system of the ACA is untenable. It will die by the sheer weight of its own volume. Healthcare is a product of human derived technology. It is not a human right. It is not guaranteed by the Constitution. It is acquired through hard work and the toil of your labor. Free healthcare is a communist ideal. It has not worked in any other country. It will not work in ours either. The massive expense will break our economy.
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    Please vote no! This is another way to get millions off health insurance that will hurt the poor and elderly and help the rich!
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    G-C is an abomination and the supporters are charlatans and con men. They have no interest in the Healthcare of Americans. Their goal is tax cuts for the wealthy and Healthcare for all stands in the way of this. Healthcare is a basic human right and the idea of monetizing it should have been called out for what it is, profiteering on human suffering and completely out of line with American ideals. We are a nation that was built and is strong only because of our work toward equality and uplifting the many over the few. The steps we have taken forward have made us the strongest nation over the long term and these cutbacks and shortcuts only serve to slow us down long term. Stop chasing a quick buck America and invest in America. We have a con man after a quick buck in the WH but we can rise above that mistake.
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    This is the absolute worst of the multiple awful and evil bills proposed by republicans to destroy health care. Please vote no.
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    To both of my Utah senators, Hatch and Lee, I would send you a well-reasoned thoughtful opinion if I thought that either of you would listen to your constituents. Instead I am just wagging a finger at you and saying, Shame on you for following the party line no matter the collateral damage to the people you supposedly represent. Beware of karma!
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    This is Trump Care 2 and even worse. Millions with no insurance, pre existing conditions back, on an on. Do not vote for this
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    NO NO NO NO NO NO. This is a horrible heartless bill trying to be slipped under the wire and skirt legislative process. Everyone involved should be ashamed.
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    As had been said by others this is a case of Republicans being comfortable with killing children, the disabled and elders while jetting around at the expense of the very public they are killing. We have become a fascist oligarchy that both Putin and Hitler would appreciate. Graham and Cassidy have shown us who they are – liars, thieves, Koch brothers minions, and selfish oligarchs. Shameless. This is vile and vicious.
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    I am the guardian of my disabled older sister and many families in the disabled community are aware of the damage this will cause to our loved ones because Medicaid cuts/pre-existing conditions. They need our help and we should never turn away from the most vulnerable.
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    More people are going to loose their ability to afford coverage if this passes! It's no better than Trumpcare! The coverages that the states will offer won't be adequate and will be overpriced! Anyone that thinks the state polititions will handle the funds better is nuts because they are all the same people! They have their insurance bought and paid for by us so they have no skin in the game! Tell them to vote no! They can do better for us than this!
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    This health insurance bill would make things worse, not better. Block grants have proven to be more expensive in the long run, both for the government and the people. Something that affects so many people needs to be a bipartisan effort to truly make the best possible coverage available to the most people possible. While Obamacare certainly has its flaws this is not an adequate or reasonable answer.
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    Absolutely do not pass or vote for this bill! This bill, along with all of the other attempts that the Republican Party have me to undo the ACA do nothing to help the American people! I support any bipartisan effort to seriously consider changes to the ACA for the introduction of a new bill to create or replace the ACA with a single-payer system or Medicare- for-all. I believe the Democrats deserve a chance to bring single-payer to the floor for consideration. I would even support a reasonable Bill sponsored by the Republican Party but I do not think they can provide one! Clearly their history thus far seems to indicate they are incapable of doing so.
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