GOP Senators Attempt to Repeal Obamacare One Last Time

From left, Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., hold a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, to unveil legislation to reform health care. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

September 13, 2017
OAN Newsroom

With a deadline looming at the end of the month, some Republican senators are making a last-ditch effort at repealing Obamacare.

Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy will introduce the Graham-Cassidy bill Tuesday.

The bill provides federal money to states to implement their own health care plan rather than the current one system for all 50 states method.

While there will be significant portions of the previous GOP attempts at health care overhaul in the bill there are expected changes to appeal to more moderate GOP members.

Republicans have until September 30th to push the bill through Congress, even though the main focus has moved on to tax reform.

This final attempt will be a failed one if at least three Republican votes end up being a “no.”

  • Leroy

    Yep, you are willfully stupid.

  • j jones

    Maybe if Trumps Budget directors stopped using a ,government plane to take him and his bobby doll wife on a European honey moon after all its only cost $250,000 per hour to operate an this from a millionare

  • Native Born American

    Repeal it now.

    To Republicans who don’t vote to end it, start packing.

    BO care is seriously hurting Americans who have always had insurance. Stop focusing on a hand full of people who don’t and have no intention of paying for it.

  • j jones

    Repeal for the what the 70th time , Republicans are a joke,

  • Dels Lieberman

    We need to repeal; no need to replace. If your state really wants to involve themselves in your healthcare; fine. Let your state representatives tax you in the way they see fit. Selling healthcare policies is no business of the Federal Government. The Uncle Sam way, since they have no authority to force this kind of thing, is to jack-up the citizenry with federal taxes, the states cannot stop them, and then make the states jump through hoops to get their peoples money back under contract law.

  • ken

    he has no clue what it is kind of like mc stupid

  • Joseph Arias

    If this bill doesn’t go through with all republican voting no we need a change on the hill. My insurance for me and my company has been sky rocking and our deductible is crazy. The fix ix quite simple just go back to what was working before Obama I had great health care.

    • wilypagan

      That isn’t what this bill does.

  • ken

    just stop funding the damn thing let it die and put insurance back in the private sector were it was before odummy and the dumbocrats screwed it up, these idiot lawyers have no clue about insurance on the other hand they have no clue about any thing except how to screw us out of more money. and if graham wants to give states money how about you give them your money and not mine

  • Sons of Liberty

    Painfully obvious. It’s up to voters now to get rid of these parasites in Congress.
    They are embedded ticks feeding on the body politic.

  • Leroy

    That you haven’t been paying attention……. or you are just willfully stupid.

  • Tado

    Another so-called: “Greatest Show in America”.
    Voters: BE WISE !!!

  • Mark

    Young adults and parents beware! The single payer in healthcare means you and the medicare problems are huge. Most doctors won’t accept this and there are large deductibles too. The senator with the bad hair is trying to lure you! The coporations will like it because they won’t have to pay for health care for you!!!

  • SGT Flosnake

    I’d rather have a Walter Minnick or Travisit Childers than a McCain. The last time I voted a Democrat was Carter and I just enlisted in the Army. What a fool I was. He was a liar with his phony regular guy campaign and screwed the military and the US royally in preparedness. I spent three months at the NTC preparing for Iran when Reagan finally won and they knew better. 25 years later with a short college break, still in the Army I retired when obozo got in opting not to have that cretin sign anything of mine.

    • wilypagan

      You sound like a smart guy and a patriot. Thanks for defending our country and for refusing to serve under that un-American POS Obama.

  • C B

    Did they find McCain a New Brain ?

    • SGT Flosnake

      Yikes

    • tedlv

      They never found his old one.

      • Ha!

        • tedlv

          How’s life on the left coast?

          • Chatting with FF.

          • tedlv

            I’m about to shut down. Midnight here. Have a good evening!

          • Leroy

            Good night!! lol

          • Mark

            Not so bad. Please remember the lib nuts are only in the big cities waiting for a handout.

  • Ocitman

    More governing by crisis and deadline which is a recipe for bad decisions

  • TYvets

    Not cool

  • CaliforniaConservativeMAGA

    If my tax dollars are going to health care then I expect health care for me.

  • CaliforniaConservativeMAGA

    Give money to the states so it works? So another support of failure to be implemented. Yeah that’s good business….lol. unbelievable.

  • TYvets

    REPEAL it, don’t modify it.

    • tedlv

      Repeal and deregulate. Let true capitalism take over.

    • Mark

      Yes. Don’t modify. Torts is the issue here. If you do fix the sue the doc laws most people will lose lots.

  • MJ

    That’s not a repeal… it’s a modification.

  • Butthep

    Repeal McCaincare before repeal Obamacare.

  • Trzo9veuha

    Repeal now! Replace later, if it really is necessary…

  • Ben Deroveur

    The Democrats have already won this issue. In that they have established the Government has a responsibility to provide Americans “Medical Insurance”. Mind you not Health Care but “Insurance” which is what “Health Care” is referred to the days. IF you have O’bammy Care (and you ARE mandated to have it) you are required to pay a fine if you choose not to. Should you get sick and can’t afford your deductibles you’re just sol.

    • Trzo9veuha

      Yes, healthcare is you and your doctor working to improve your health. Health insurance is MONEY. Is it any wonder the demos are pushing insurance?

  • BBQman aka Q

    The GOP and DNC are just trying to confuse the healthcare issue to please their healthcare insurance industry Masters.

    The solution to our over priced healthcare industry is simple, but the insurance industry and many lawyers who profit from the current system won’t be very thrilled about it. The insurance industry knew that eventually people would wise up and create their own locally controlled Risk Pools to be there to take care of emergencies, like fire, healthcare and anything else that might happen, to stall off the inevitable, they have purposely created a convoluted system that is almost impossible to untangle…..almost!

    Politicians on both sides of the aisle are owned and controlled by the oligarchs of the corrupt insurance industry, many in congress are terrified at the thought of losing the financial backing of the insurance industry, and or their family members and friends being laid off from their lucrative insurance company jobs that would not be their if congress did not play ball.

    As a result, congress hasn’t brought forth any legislation which would actually make the healthcare industry more cost effective, like community controlled Risk Pools, nor have they focused on major tort reform which should be unlike any previous tort reform.

    I think it is ridiculous to talk about insurance companies who are making record profits while people have deductibles so high they never get to actually use their insurance.

    The healthcare industry has been made complicated on purpose since 1945 by the corrupt healthcare insurance industry and government, this allows the insurance industry, lawyers and government to make tons of money while not curing anyone’s health problems, these people are otherwise known as nonessential personnel to the private sector.

    The healthcare industry needs to come down in cost from 18% to 6% of our annual GDP. Government (ACA), lawyers, insurance companies and the American Medical Association should not be between citizens and their Doctor.

    1. The ACA was designed by the (free market destroying) Pharmaceutical and Health Insurance Industry for Nancy Pelosi, John Gruber (stupid Americans guy), Harry Reid, a bunch of rinos and Obama as they were (cronyism) to stupid, corrupt and lazy to do it themselves, and they thought (wrongly) that the ACA would increase net (pipe dream) government revenues by $2.4 trillion a year. Then they planed to at some later date (our benevolent dishonest Government) to phase out the insurance companies and take over the evil sorted racket themselves. Actual healthcare was not the primary consideration under Obamacare, (Repeal the ACA and retrain hundreds of thousands of nonsensical and non tangible public and private bureaucrats if possible into tangible productive citizens.

    2. The current Government Bureaucracy, Private Healthcare Insurance Bureaucracies and Lawyers absorb $1.9 trillion a year from the $3.4 trillion a year worth of GDP to run their operations with, and have cured ZERO illnesses. These inefficiencies would never happen in a true free market system without collusion and corruption between our Lawmakers and Healthcare Insurance Companies.

    3. The AMA should be stripped of their powers that control how many new Doctors enter the marketplace each year, let supply and demand dictate these choices.

    4. Encourage citizen owned health insurance Risk Management Pools (RMP) where the Community’s take responsibility for writing their own health insurance accounting rules with reciprocal ties to all other country wide co-ops. (constitutional amendment needed for reciprocal guidance) unless you believe the American people are too stupid to preform these simple acts!!!!

    5. Repeal all Healthcare Industry Cronyism related Unconstitutional Laws enacted since 1940 (this will remove insurance company monopolies and allow smaller groups to start Community Risk Pools). More choices for Americans is a true free market.

    6. Enact massive TORT REFORM, this is very important and will eliminate the need or substantially reduce Doctors premiums to most malpractice insurance companies altogether in the healthcare field like it was before WWII.

    7. Local communities should control local costs by working with Local hospitals and Doctors to establish unit price lists for various medical procedures. Doctors and Hospitals to publish these cost lists for comparison shopping, as it is with other industries in the country. Local Risk Pools will collect premiums through existing systems as they chose through Property taxes, flat or sales tax or as part of your water bill, and control their own accounting functions for community based health insurance Risk Pools without unnecessary unconstitutional government or insurance industry oversight.

    Eliminate the need for centralized bureaucracies public or private, this will eliminate hundreds of thousands of non-tangible non-essential positions that should not be between you and your doctor to begin with.

    8. Now comes the really hard part, attempt to Retrain lawyers, Insurance company bureaucrats and government bureaucrats along with the inordinate unnecessary staff that doctors need to comply with the nonessential insurance and government bureaucracies rules which are producing nothing and only sucking all the energy out of the healthcare system with their non-essentialness. We could possibly form Job Fairs and vocational training centers to help and inspire bureaucrats, lawyers and insurance company personnel to become contributing members of society for the first time in their non-tangible wasted life’s.

    Net savings to the general public, around $2 trillion a year, averaged over some 35,000 cities and towns nation wide will result in a net savings of $59 million per town per year on the average, some more, some less depending on size, it will also work out to a savings per individual of around $5,700 a year.

    Of course, since we’ve all heard from the health insurance industry that they are going broke, not making any money, pulling out of the exchanges, this new healthcare system that I’ve summarized should not be a problem for them. No doubt the healthcare insurance industry will gladly unburden themselves from what should be only between a citizen and their doctor.

    My plan above should have been implemented years ago to repair the financial mess the healthcare industry finds itself in.

    The Current plans in congress leave many nonessential personnel in place who only suck the energy out of the broken bloated system they created with zero tangible results. These solutions proposed will reduce the health care industry cost to our GDP from 18% down to 6% as it should be in any frugal society……any questions?

  • Dell Wilber

    Friggin’ idiots! We have other issues far more important than healthcare, right now. Both the House and Senate have full plates, and they want to keep doing business as usual; talking about and debating topics they already know are DOA.

  • Roy Beane

    Will never happen. The Swamp won’t allow it.

  • Ron

    More of the standard Washington two step shuffle…….

  • Eileen McRae

    This just might be the answer. Let the states manage the health insurance within their states. This takes the onus off the federal government to be the social policy maker. Each state can decide how its health insurance will work. A formula can be used to determine how much federal money each state gets.

    States that work hard for their citizens will ensure that a great health insurance plan will be put in place. States that do not will face the wrath of voters at election time. Kudos to these senators for this.

    • wilypagan

      BS. They would still be taxing citizens on the federal level then redistributing wealth to the states. Let states pay for their own citizen’s healthcare. If they have money to waste on lawyers defending “dreamers” they already have too much money.

  • Sons of Liberty

    The only healthcare reform people want is to get the government out of our healthcare.
    Open up competition across state lines and guarantee coverage for pre-existing conditions.
    Stop protecting insurance companies and let people protect themselves.
    Poor people are protected by government, so there is no need to punish the rest of us over that.
    Get out of our lives!

    • tedlv

      Repeal, deregulate!

      • Sons of Liberty

        Real complicated, right?

        • tedlv

          Extremely.

    • Generalmayhem

      I totally agree but have one thing to point out about your comment. Getting coverage for a pre-existing condition is not a form of insurance, it is a form of gratuitous payment for the patient. The last several years I have been a Rush Limbaugh listener and I recall his accurate explanation about this so I will try to relay it here. Insurance is a transfer of responsibility for a catastrophic event from you to a willing participant. You gamble that you will have an accident at some point and the participant who accepts your transfer is wagering that you won’t based on actuarial tables. Just as this willing participant would not take your money to accept the gamble of your house burning down AFTER IT burned down, they would not take the transfer of responsibility/gamble on your health AFTER you became ill because it would no longer be insurance. Therefore insurance for pre-existing conditions is not insurance and should not be called that. Hope that makes sense.

      • Sons of Liberty

        Indeed it does, and thanks for that. The amount of conflation surrounding the subject is staggering.

  • Laurie

    Who in their right mind ever thought it was a good idea to put the federal gov in charge of an individual’s healthcare?

    • Sons of Liberty

      The same people who think the state will be any better.
      Leftists. Communists.

    • tedlv

      Nobody in their right mind thinks government makes things better. The framers of the Constitution didn’t want big government. They wanted individual, self governance.

      • Trzo9veuha

        No problem is ever so dire that government involvement can’t make it worse.

        • tedlv

          Well said!

    • ken

      who in there right mind ever thought it was a good idea to put government in charge of any thing, does any one really believe these lawyers have a clue about any thing other than making money for them selfs they were nothing but a bunch of ambulance before they got to washington

  • KevinR.

    It is very easy.

    Repeal Obamacare, all in favor … Aye

    It is amazing how incompetent the Republicans seem, and the Democrats forced Obamacare on the people WITHOUT a SINGLE REPUBLICAN vote.

    How did they manage that? And the Republicans can not get anything done it seems….

    Unless of course, most of the Republicans are the same as Democrats and want the same things.

    • Sons of Liberty

      Like Mitch says…we are all naive as to how Washington works and we suffer from unrealistically high expectations.
      That’s the charade that has been maintained over the decades. It’s really complicated and there’s no way us plebes could understand it all.
      It’s just smoke to cover their graft and corruption.
      And we are wise to it in a big way.

      • KevinR.

        They have always enjoyed dog and pony shows to entertain the people, and for decades, the people have fallen for it.

        • landwell

          Because they have gotten enough bread and circuses to look the other way; illegal immigration and having to train your replacement with the H-1B visa has changed all that.

          • KevinR.

            panem et circenses;

            I understand your meaning, but think the use is incorrect.

            Bread and circuses identifies the only cares of a populace that has lost interest in it’s involvement in the political process, and self governance.

            Cheap or free food and entertainment, wins elections.

            Your use in the sentence “Because they have gotten enough bread and circuses to look the other way;” did not make sense.

      • BobD

        I must admit, Mitch has become a big disappointment. I think he just got used to fighting Harry Reid for years as the minority leader and now is dumbfounded on how to be a real leader. Time to move on and get a new leader of the Senate that will get with the agenda.

        • Sons of Liberty

          He isnt up at midterms, but those who are should all be culled.
          Ryan and McConnell will have their turns on the block.
          Voters really need to do some soul-searching this time around.

        • landwell

          Other than filibustering presidential appointments, he didn’t do much in the way of opposition. He let the Democrats hide under Reid’s desk from 2010-2014 – especially when it came to the budget process.

          McConnell should be viewed as an epic failure.

          • ken

            on the other all of them should be looked at as a epic failure

        • ken

          mitch and reed is nothing but a joke

      • ken

        these crooks are no different then the wwe when the days done they all go to the same pub get a really big table set down and high five each other raise there glass and toast to screwing the American people again there all the same its all about me just like odummy

    • landwell

      The Dems managed it because they had 60 votes in the Senate thanks to voter fraud in Minnesota that gave Al Franken a victory in the recount. They ended up having to use some parliamentary gimmicks to get it through before the special election in Mass. after Kennedy died in case Republican Scott Brown won, which he did.

      Say what you want about the Democrats, they know how to strike when the iron is hot.

    • ken

      cause the dumb republicats said we will show them we wont vote on odummys FORCEABLE care crap

    • Outwiththeliberals

      Obama BOUGHT the hold-outs, from Louisiana and Nebraska. He knew how to
      do some of the sneakiest underhanded, middle-of-the-night tricks to get his
      unconstitutional crap passed.

  • Ronald White

    I like the idea of state run. At least they only care for those in their state.
    I know, it’s all semantics but Feds have enough to get done…..tax cuts?

    • Sons of Liberty

      So when your states block grant money runs out and you are 7896th in line…then what?
      This whole block grant boondoggle is more pablum for the uninformed.
      If government is involved in any way, at any level, it’s crap. And not only that, it’s crap with long waiting lines.

    • tedlv

      I like the idea of getting all governments out of the healthcare business. Deregulate. Let insurance companies compete. Problem fixed.

  • Steve Ford

    I’m so embarrassed of our RINO senator from our state of alaska. I hope she starts acting like the voters want her too, not just the loud liberals from out of state.Our state is turning liberal and I’ll be moving away soon.

  • mark abby

    Why not the same health care congress gets? I’m sure they could make that a law in one day. We get the same medical and same premiums they get. Ha ha

  • SingleCut

    The swamp leaders, Mitch and Paul, will pretend to be hard at work pushing for repeal but will really be maneuvering behind the scenes to derail it once again.

    TIME TO DRAIN THE SWAMP

  • Andrew Moore (derka derka)

    I am not holding my breath because the republican demoncraps such as john mccain the traitor will see to it that it doesn’t pass….

  • oneprivateer

    The DC Dictators are at it again!

  • nekronic

    Brought to you by Lindsey Graham, anti-Trump RINO. What could go wrong?

    • oneprivateer

      LOL No doubt the question of the day! There is something in that bill that screws America!

      • ken

        every thing those crooks do is to screw the working person out of more money

      • Outwiththeliberals

        Its got to be better than Soetoro-care. But they’ll play hell getting the three
        infamous RINOs, (Collins, McCain, & Murkowski) to vote for it. They are all
        “Never Trumpers” and will torpedo anything he suggests to MAGA,

    • mark abby

      He is also a member of the Bilderberg Group. Like I’m going to trust anything he does.

      • Darwolford Wolford

        No, he has never been invited to Bilderberg conference

    • Mark

      Ask Soros what he wants and that’s what Limpsey Graham wants.

      • ken

        graham is just another republicat just like mc stupid that’s really a dumbocrat

    • Darwolford Wolford

      Have you read the proposal? Moving authority back to the States is never a bad idea. I’d give a try

      • ken

        why should any one tell me what to buy and moving it back to the stated is no different just another government think you wont still get screwed? how about this let me buy insurance or not buy it if I don’t want to don’t FORCE me to buy some thing I don’t want which I don’t now screw odummy

  • Tado

    Publicity-seeking stunt.
    They’s like to look like “heroes”.
    FAKE HEROES – is all …..

    • Rosicrucian32

      But…But…But…they have pie charts on an easel and everything, It HAS to be a real thing!

      • BobD

        Thanks for the smile 🙂

      • Tado

        It has to be but when you start itching at the extremities..
        Being played again…after ACA Repeal Betrayal.
        Same actors.

  • Oh my goodness guys, they aren’t ready for socialized medicine….I know! We’ll give them individual state sponsored socialized medicine that you future democrats can use to federalize it eventually. Good job everybody, wanna have lunch?

  • Rosicrucian32

    Yea….that picture is the textbook of Congress HARD at work……………..

  • Seerightthere!

    Anything Lyndsey is supporting has got to be as bad as Obamacare.