Yarmuth: Ky. stands to lose with Graham-Cassidy health care bill

09/25/2017 09:18 AM

The latest push from Republicans in the U.S. Senate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act seems to be on shaky ground on Capitol Hill with time winding down this week, and revisions quickly coming to entice GOP hold outs.

On Friday, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, warned that the bill as proposed last week by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, and Bill Cassidy, R-LA, would harm Kentuckians.

“Sadly Kentucky stands to experience one of the worst impacts from this bill, largely because it has been so successful in covering more people,” Yarmuth said in an interview with Pure Politics.

The Senate legislation seems to be on life support as they seek to reach out to Republicans who are publicly opposing the bill, including U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky.

According to CNBC a new bill draft, which has yet to be released publicly, would actually send Kentucky more dollars. In the original bill, which Yarmuth referenced on Friday, Kentucky would lose money, but under the new draft bill the state gains about $1.1 billion, according to CNBC.

The bill would essentially turn over funding for Medicaid to states, which is something both Paul and Yarmuth have said they oppose.

Yarmuth has also said the bill would essentially block individuals with pre-existing conditions by allowing the state’s to allow insurance companies to charge “whatever they wanted.”

“Understand exactly what that means,” he said. “That’s a way they can cut federal funding, and not necessarily take direct responsibility for it. So, you’re going to see if we block grant Medicaid funding, you’re going to see a reduction which is probably greater than what they’re projecting now.”

Watch the full interview for Yarmuth’s thoughts on single-payer health care, and why Sen. Bernie Sanders plan is something, he says could likely never be done.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.


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