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Good enough for now: Senate's last chance health plan


September 18. 2017 6:12PM




The last-ditch effort by Senate Republicans to pass a health care reform bill certainly falls well short of GOP promises to repeal and replace Obamacare.

The Senate should pass it anyway.

The plan being resurrected this week, from Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., would leave most of the Affordable Care Act in place, but shift responsibility for the program, and the funding for it, to individual states.

It is neither the sweeping reform that many Republican voters thought they’d get, nor the cataclysm that Democrats are claiming. It would be an important incremental step to returning some economic sanity to America’s health insurance marketplace.

By allowing premiums to increase with health care risks, and targeting taxpayer support to those who need it, the Graham-Cassidy bill would roll back some of the damage from the disaster that is Obama­care.

With House and Senate majorities, Republicans should have been able to deliver much more, but that window closed when a handful of GOP senators refused to touch the increasingly perilous Medicaid program.

The Graham-Cassidy bill turns the ratchet in the right direction. It is also the last chance Congress will have to do anything to reform health insurance this year.


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