September 25, 2017

Our Republican executioners have been busy little bees over the weekend! Recognizing that they don't have the votes to pass the travesty known as Graham-Cassidy (or as I like to call it, the "Kill Americans First" bill), they've been working hard to a) dodge a real CBO score; and b) bribe the Senators who are current holdouts.

Washington Post:

According to a summary obtained by The Washington Post, Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) will propose giving Alaska and Maine more funding than initially offered. Those states are represented by Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine), who have expressed concerns about the bill but have yet to say how they would vote.

The Cassidy-Graham legislation would overhaul the ACA by lumping together the current law’s spending on insurance subsidies and expanded Medicaid and redistributing it to states in the form of block grants. Alaska would get 3 percent more funding between 2020 and 2026 than under current law, and Maine would get 43 percent more funding during that time period, according to a summary obtained by The Post.

Here are a few more specifics, as articulated on Twitter Sunday night by Andy Slavitt. They are...disturbing.

Cutting to the chase, Slavitt has criticisms.

I'll bring more details as the day progresses. There is a sham hearing today to pretend like they're doing all the things they should be doing to pass legislation, but of course, they aren't. Like, for example, having this "kill Americans first" bill properly scored by CBO.

But hey! The donors are hungry for the blood of the peasants. And tax cuts.

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