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Graham-Cassidy Isn't ObamaCare Repeal, but Revisions Will Make It Palatable

09/21/2017
Originally Published in The Hill on 9/21/17.

The Senate appears to be moving closer to a vote next week on the amendment offered by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.), with only days left to pass a health insurance reform bill through reconciliation.

Two committees will also hold hearings on the amendment, achieving something similar to the “regular order” demanded by some Republicans, including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

There are several provisions of Graham-Cassidy that conservatives can embrace. The amendment increases the maximum allowable contribution for health savings accounts (HSAs) and allows individuals to pay for their health insurance coverage out of their HSA. It also modernizes Medicaid, putting the more than 50-year-old program on a budget and limiting its annual growth.