12 FACTS about Graham-Cassidy (GC) Senate "Repeal Obamacare" Bill

We share just 12 facts about the Graham-Cassidy "bill" (actually a 140-page amendment to H.R. 1628) in advance of a possible vote the week of September 25 so the American public will understand a few things about the bill that may be of interest, including items that are and are not in the news: 
  1. It does NOT repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
  2. It does NOT repeal the individual and employer mandates; it only zeroes out the penalty dollars, leaving it possible for later Congresses to increase. (GC Section by Section)
  3. Maintains dependence on ACA's federal and state exchanges.
  4. The federal government is still in charge (unless states reassert 10th Amendment authority, which they can do without federal permission).
  5. ACA insurance regulations remain nationalized and under federal control.
  6. Sets up three state-based funds using federal dollars collected under the ACA ($35B for insurers; $1.176T in stability funds to states for 2020 - 2026; $11B contingency fund for certain states.
  7. Unelected federal bureaucrats determine funding formulas.
  8. Unless prohibited, federal funds could “turbocharge" single-payer in states.
  9. Only smallest of ACA 19 taxes are repealed (restrictions on use of HSA/FSA, the increased penalties on non-health care uses of HSA dollars, the Medical device taxes, and the elimination of deduction for employers who receive a subsidy from Medicare for offering retiree prescription drug coverage).
  10. ACA “qualified health plans” would be prohibited from offering abortion other than in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.
  11. Allows all individuals to buy Obamacare catastrophic plans beginning January 1, 2019.
To be clear, the Graham-Cassidy bill does not repeal the Affordable Care Act, or its exchanges or the Obamacare coverage. Senator Rand Paul says it only repeals 90% of ACA spending. He calls it “ObamacareLite at its worst." Says it just redistributes the ACA dollars from Democrat states to Republican states (more money to states that didn’t expand Medicaid). It does not repeal Obamacare. The Graham-Cassidy bill is not a fulfillment of the Republican promise to repeal Obamacare. 

Let your members of Congress and the U.S. Senate know that you know it’s NOT A REPEAL…and that you know the redistribution of your wages and premium dollars will continue under the ACA if it passes. Capitol Hill Switchboard: #202-224-3121