The Republicans are at it again: they are trying to repeal the ACA and replace it with something much, much worse. The latest attempt is called the Graham-Cassidy bill—after Senators Bill Cassidy (late of “Kimmel test” fame—but that’s out the window with this proposal) and Lindsey Graham. It is another cruel tax cut for the wealthy that will not even be completely scored by the CBO before the deadline to vote on the bill by the end of the month.
Why the rush? Once again, it is partisan politics at its worst. September 30 is the deadline for using a specific budget reconciliation process that would allow Republicans to pass this legislation in the Senate without any Democratic support with just 51 votes. Continue reading