Governor Doug Ducey and Senator John McCain are pivotal in the outcome.
With 50 ‘yes’ votes required in the next few days, all eyes are on the three Republican senators that ended the last Repeal and Replace effort. McCain, fighting brain cancer, was the deciding vote against a GOP Affordable Care Act repeal this summer.
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said he may vote for the Cassidy-Graham bill if Arizona Governor Doug Ducey supports it. Trump and McCain are political foes but Ducey has good relations with both. In a statement on Twitter, Ducey declared support for the proposal.
The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association has come out strong against the measure stating,
This process is the furthest thing from a ‘return to regular order,’ as advocated by Senator McCain. The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association stands ready to work with our congressional delegation to address shortcomings with the Affordable Care Act, especially to stabilize the insurance market. This legislation is a step in the wrong direction.
AZHHA went on to state that the Graham-Cassidy bill erodes critical protections for patients and consumers, and would lead to higher premiums for many individuals – especially those with pre-existing conditions. In addition, millions would lose coverage altogether.
From a fiscal standpoint, the legislation represents a massive shift in financial risk and responsibility from the federal government to states like our own.
AzHHA also points to an independent analysis by the non-partisan Avalere , that reported the bill would reduce federal funding to Arizona by $11 billion between now and 2026.
Read more in The Phoenix Business Journal
Read a full review of the Graham-Cassidy bill and other Republican-led repeal and replace measures at the Kaiser Family Foundation.