Meet Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson, the New Healthcare Bill
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, September 22, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Three days ago, former Senator Rick Santorum reported that Senators Graham, Cassidy, Heller, and Johnson had introduced a new healthcare bill, H.R. 1628. Louisiana Senator Cassidy’s website outlines bare-bones specifics of the 140-page bill, which ends with this on the last page: Section 1402 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, beginning for plan years after December 31, 2019.
H.R. 1628 does not eliminate Obamacare, but proposes a repeal of the structure and architecture of Obamacare and replaces it with annual block grants to states. The grants would be administered through the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which is Medicaid for minors.
Senator Cassidy further explains that H.R. 1628 does repeal Obamacare’s Individual and Employer Mandates and the Medical Device Tax, and the distribution of equalized block grants to states allows states to provide equitable treatment to patients and waive Obamacare regulations whether or not the state expanded Medicaid. Last but not least, patients with pre-existing medical conditions will be protected, as well. Continue reading