White House Announces New Theme Weeks Amid Health Care Bill Uncertainty

>Would the House pass Graham-Cassidy? It’s not a slam dunk.

Mike DeBonis, The Washington Post

As Senate Republicans work feverishly to try to revive plans to replace parts of the Affordable Care Act ahead of a Sept. 30 deadline, it’s easy to forget: There’s another chamber in Congress, and it is not a potted plant. One might assume that the House, which already passed a GOP health-care bill in May, would simply rubber-stamp any Senate bill, high-five, and call it a day, but things are not quite so simple.

>Momentum builds for Obamacare repeal

Burgess Everett and Jennifer Haberkorn, Politico

Senate Republicans’ last-gasp Obamacare repeal effort is gaining steam, with key senators who tanked the last push in July signaling new openness to the latest attempt and GOP leaders growing increasingly bullish. While the proposal written by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) remains short of 50 votes, it also has just one hard “no” vote, from Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, and another expected “no” in Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.

>Under GOP health care bill, states would struggle to hang onto Obamacare

Erin Mershon, Stat News

Republican senators are promising that a new health care plan circulating on Capitol Hill will give states wide flexibility to set up an insurance system as robust or as limited as they like. States that want to cut ties with Obamacare will have that authority; states that want to preserve Obamacare can do so, supporters say.

>McConnell In Difficult Spot With Latest Health Care Push

Joe Williams, Roll Call

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is counting on an 11th-hour attempt to repeal the 2010 health care law and change directions on a disappointing year for Republicans. Having put health care on the back burner after lacking the votes this summer, McConnell has thrown his weight behind a proposal from GOP Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Dean Heller of Nevada.

>Obamacare repeal plan won’t get full CBO analysis by key deadline

Heather Caygle, Politico

If Senate Republicans vote to repeal Obamacare before the end of the month, they’ll be flying blind — not knowing the impact their plan will have on insurance coverage or premium costs, budget scorekeepers said Monday. The Congressional Budget Office will only have a bare-bones assessment of the latest GOP bill ready before Sept. 30, the deadline for Senate Republicans to pass health care legislation on a party-line vote.

>GOP senator wants to block states from setting up their own single-payer systems

Kimberly Leonard, Washington Examiner

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said he wants to ban states from setting up a government-run healthcare system in a GOP bill to overhaul Obamacare that would allow states to set up their healthcare systems. “I think a single-payer system is a bad idea,” Kennedy said Monday.

>Unbudgeted: How the opioid crisis is blowing a hole in small-town America’s finances

Paula Seligson and Tim Reid, Reuters

As deaths mount in America’s opioid crisis, communities on the front lines face a hidden toll: the financial cost. Ross County, a largely rural region of 77,000 people an hour south of Columbus, Ohio, is wrestling with an explosion in opioid-related deaths – 44 last year compared to 19 in 2009.

>Stocks Mixed Ahead of Fed; Euro Gains, Pound Flat: Markets Wrap

Samuel Potter, Bloomberg

It was a mixed picture across equity markets on Tuesday, with Japanese shares surging after a holiday while European stocks followed many Asian peers downward. The euro climbed and the dollar traded sideways before a Federal Reserve meeting that’s expected to set out a plan for reducing the central bank’s bond holdings.

Source : https://morningconsult.com/briefs/health-brief-graham-cassidy-bill-face-resistance-house/

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