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Leading Seniors Group Predicts Graham-Cassidy Passage

seniors healthcare American medicine health subsidiesGraham-Cassidy is Congress’ last attempt at repealing and replacing Obamacare

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Republicans are meeting this morning to discuss the future of the Graham-Cassidy bill, likely the last legislative effort to repeal and replace Obamacare in the foreseeable future. Senate Republicans need 50 votes plus the tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence in order to pass the bill through reconciliation.

Dan Weber, founder and CEO of the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC), and a key member of the Obamcare Repeal Coalition who has consulted frequently with Trump administration officials and senior members of Congress, today predicted that the bill would pass, offering a key victory in the President’s effort to fully repeal and replace Obamacare.  Weber stated:

“After their embarrassing failures on repealing Obamacare, despite years of promises, this is do-or-die moment for Republicans in the Senate. The Graham-Cassidy bill is the last chance to keep America from descending into Bernie Sanders’ single-payer socialized healthcare system that Democrats are lining up behind. Congressional leadership knows that victory on Graham-Cassidy is the only option. Fair-weather Republicans like Lisa Murkowski who oppose the measure will face primary challenges and early retirement. Those who vote for Graham-Cassidy will have the unqualified support of our organization, 1.3 million members strong, and I predict that by the end of the month, a bill repealing Obamacare will finally go to President Trump’s desk for signature.”

For more information on AMAC: Dan Weber is the CEO of the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC), the largest conservative due-paying member association in the United States with a membership of over one million seniors. Weber founded the organization in 2007 as an alternative to AARP.

 

 

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SARGE
3 years ago

Ya well I guess your wrong again. This is one subject i don’t keep up with much. It just must be a really bad,bad bill. Im set with my medicare. My bills average around 250,000 a year and i endup paying about 1% out of pocket. How could i complain about that? Except this year i fell into the donut hole “ouch”

Gary E Nyhus
4 years ago

I agree with Ryan Paul, that this bill is still Obama Lite. It still does not stop Federal control or spending of our Healthcare system. We need straight repeal and private group insurances established with Both Parties.

Diana Erbio
4 years ago

The “Affordable Care Act” is collapsing…as it was meant to. The ACA was built to pave the way for Single Payer ( Remember Jonathan Gruber? ) This “repeal” may not be perfect, but giving more power back to the states is a good thing IMHO. I hope it passes.

Ivan Berry
4 years ago
Reply to  Diana Erbio

Diana, It’s beyond me why anyone would vote you negitive for speaking truth. At this point you have three downs. I will vote you up now and see how many follow. So, at -2 and counting.

Ivan Berry
4 years ago
Reply to  Ivan Berry

Yes, I said, “truth.” This bill is an improvement over what we presently have in the works, but a long way from “free market,” as it should be.
And then again, I may be as full of it as are so many others who get confused with all this political BS.
The biggest problem is that Washington “gives” power back to the States, instead of the States just taking their power back. Nobody seems to ever have heard of “Nullify.” That’s what to do when D.C. passes unconstitutional rules and laws. At the least, it’s what they should do.

Ivan Berry
4 years ago
Reply to  Ivan Berry

Maybe by the passing of this bill, the people will realize that it’s just another compromise. That’s what RINOs do.
So yes, a total repeal is the only Constitutional solution by getting the general government out of administrating, much less providing healthcare.
By this backing off a little, maybe the Freedom Caucus will be able to make headway in their pre- midterm efforts. We still need a clean total repeal.

Rick
4 years ago

AMAC is ignoring their membership. I won’t renew!

Kamelhaj
4 years ago

The whole problem with Obamacare was that it took medical coverage away from sometimes-greedy insurance companies and put it in the hands of an utterly corrupt government system. We need medical decisions to be primarily between a patient and their doctor!

rfox
4 years ago
Reply to  Kamelhaj

The whole problem with obama care is that it was originally intended to bankrupt the “health care system” and force it into a single payer system. Obama and the rest of the communist party are not stupid, just evil. They are getting very close to openly declaring they are for communist “principles”.

Gary
4 years ago

I do NOT want a repeal and replace! I want a strait up REPEAL! This massive redistribution of taxes MUST be stopped! I want government out of my life… ESPECIALLY my healthcare!!

D B Cooper
4 years ago

It appears AMAC is not fighting this bill therefore they must be for it.
I will not renew my membership if this is true.

Ivan Berry
4 years ago
Reply to  D B Cooper

The evidence is in, D B. Do as you will.

Robert
4 years ago

The republicans need to repeal Obama care in it’s entirety first then talk about replacing it with something getting government out of it.

SARGE
4 years ago

I can never tell the difference between all this health care business. First, it’ll be mccain, or paul, or who ever saying how good this deal is, or how bad, either way, I dont understand what the hell they’re saying. And it just goes on and on and on. Seems like the dems are still in control of the big picture, and the repubs are just a bunch of fools. Even with the repubs in charge, obama got everything he wanted. Does anyone remember that? Health care? As much as I hate to say this, single payer bernie will get in the picture. Does anyone remember bernie back in the 70s? He was a demonstrating, afro haired, communist getting arrested. I saw it! Geez, its exhausting thinking about a guy like bernie getting anywhere in this country.

PaulE
4 years ago
Reply to  SARGE

The Democrat Party has embraced socialism completely in case you haven’t noticed. You had all the major “stars” (the ones the idiot brainwashed Millennials adore) of the Democrat Party, the ones that are positioning themselves for a 2020 run for President, last week all championing Bernie and his call for single-payer. A plan that would cover every illegal alien that could get into the country. No restrictions based on U.S. citizenship, as “there has to be a social justice component to make up for the wrongs America has done to the rest of the world”. The $32 Trillion dollar solution to crush the American economy and bury everyone under a mountain of new taxes. That’s not a typo by the way. The price tag for single-payer would be, at a minimum $32 Trillion dollars. The think tanks admitted the cost could be significantly higher, but “we’re talking about social and economic justice here”. The United States is approximately a $15 Trillion dollar a year economy. So it doesn’t take a Ph D to figure out what single-payer would do to this country. the exact same thing it has done to every other country that has been stupid enough to adopt it. There is a reason those countries have annual GDP growth measured in less than one percent a year to zero and why their citizens end up paying 80 to 85 percent effective tax rates.

Yes, Bernie is and has always been a communist. He couldn’t very well run as that and get elected. Not even in Vermont. So he started calling himself a socialist to win elections. However, he is still promoting the same communist principles he has been preaching since the 70’s. Oh and yes he was actually dumb enough to have his single-payer plan scored by a few left-wing think tanks as to what it would cost. That is how confident he now is that he can sell just about anything to the screaming idiots who were all chanting his name last year.

Kamelhaj
4 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Strange that the countries who claim that we have “wronged” them so much had no problem taking millions of our American dollars!

PaulE
4 years ago
Reply to  Kamelhaj

It is all about the transfer of wealth. One way or another. The ideology of socialism and communism are a complete fraud to mask the real purpose of these ideologies. The re-establishment of a permanent, privileged ruling class, where the privileged ruling elite control all the wealth and control everything for their own personal benefit.

Ivan Berry
4 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Now that is a totally correct observation, PaulE.
Healthcare is but one element in the dismantling of America, allbeit, a big one.
Your response to Sarge immediately above was also telling. At least you have the understanding: now of only enough of us get out there and try informing those capable of learning, instead of wasting time on those brain numbed impossibles.

Tom Wilde
4 years ago
Reply to  Kamelhaj

So how does destroying the United States help their cause? Without an intact US to generate wealth they gain absolutely nothing. Have they ever heard the parable about slaying the goose that laid the golden eggs?

This is ALL about destroying the ONLY power in the world that has so far enabled any part of the world to remain free of suffocating Communism.

It’s ALL about power, not health, not wealth. POWER. That is all.

SARGE
4 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Nothing makes any sence anymore. These screaming idiots, do they actually make their own way in life? I always refer to my personal life to acquire some perspective in current affairs. I must be living under a rock. I am glad to actually hear someone call bernie out for what he is. I was beginning to think i was the only one around that knew bernies history.

Cherie Lynn Davis
4 years ago
Reply to  SARGE

It is frightening as well as exhausting. Trump is on the right track in trying to clean out the Washington swamp. Most of these politicians have been there too long, giving them time to build power networks to benefit themselves. Never mind the constituents they are supposed to be serving. Once they sell their souls to the Devil, there is no turning back and is a pivotal reason this Country is tottering on the edge of the abyss!! Many of them belong in jail with other common criminals because that is what they are!!

Kamelhaj
4 years ago
Reply to  SARGE

If you’re talking Obamacare, it was passed 100% by democRats when they totally controlled (60 votes in the Senate, majority in the House, the presidency) our government. It is the few democRat-lites (RINOs) who are blocking progress now. Bernie may still get his single-payer wish – he’s presently trying to take Medicare and make it to cover everybody in the country, at what point the democrats (and their “unbiased” media) will “suddenly” agree with the Republicans and say that Obamacare needs to be eliminated – leaving single payer Medicare as the only plan remaining!

Kamelhaj
4 years ago
Reply to  Kamelhaj

Oops! I just saw the “Even with the repubs in charge… ” part of your comment, Sorry for my first sentence, SARGE!

PaulE
4 years ago
Reply to  Kamelhaj

Except Medicare wouldn’t be Medicare anymore Kamelhaj. Medicare would cease to exist under single-payer, as everyone in the country, seniors included, would be tossed into the new, all-encompassing federal government healthcare plan. The existing Medicare fund would be rolled into the new, single-payer healthcare plan as part of the initial funding package to get it going. Just like Obamacare syphoned off $750 billion from Medicare as part of Obamacare’s initial funding package, the remainder of the Medicare fund would be transferred into the new single-payer healthcare system. Effectively ending Medicare as you know it today as a separate, functioning entity reserved strictly for seniors. Just an FYI in case you didn’t realize what “Medicare for all” really means.

rfox
4 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

“Medicare for all” except the pseudo intellectual elite in D.C.

PaulE
4 years ago
Reply to  rfox

True. The ruling elite are always exempt from all the rules and regulations they impose on everyone else. After all, they need to be free of such constrants, so they can better manage the ignorant and powerless masses they rule over.

Ivan Berry
4 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Most likely with single payer (that’s the government) we will be on a restricted and watered down Medicade.
Then the States would be involved whether they liked it or not. Then watch those block grants disappear as all government runs out of our money.

Patricia Westall
4 years ago

I agree with Rand Paul – this is not a repeal! It is just a transfer of existing taxes and mandates to the states

Sheila
4 years ago

I agree with you Patricia that Rand Paul wanted to get rid of Obamacare all together, but the stupid Republicans won’t listen to him. We needed to get rid of all these RINO’s and start voting for the right ones who cares about out country and for the people.

Ivan Berry
4 years ago

Yes, Patricia, Rand is right.

Tom Wilde
4 years ago

A GRAHAM sponsored bill is the last stand of the GOP on PPACA Repeal? Are you kidding me? SCREW THE GOP!!! I refuse to support those knife-in-the-back assassins any more. Sick and tired of their LIES and if anyone in this country is guilty of COLLUSION, it is the GOP guilty of colluding with the Democrat/Muslim/Globalists to destroy America.

PATHETIC excuses they spew. They hold a majority and this REPEAL issue as PROMISED should be a slam dunk! Instead we get assassinated by Limply Graham, Mitch the Switch McConnell, Hanoi Johnny McCain and the likes of Murky Lisa. Don’t forget what damage is being wrought by RINO Ryan and his gang in the House! Repeal does not mean patch up and continue.

Little by little, here a bit there a bit, they clamp Communism down on us. Gradualism is what it’s called and they’ve been working it for a hundred years now. It will go much faster now though, they own BOTH parties now!

Say what you want about me I don’t care. I’m 100% fed up with the turn coat GOP and I refuse to support them any more. And by the way, I was under the impression when I joined AMAC that the organization was totally opposed to socialized medicine, a staple of Communism. Now here they are supporting a form of it. FED UP WITH THAT TOO.

PS. Can’t imagine why I’m wasting my time composing this, I doubt AMAC will post it! It takes a healthy swipe at THEM too.

PaulE
4 years ago
Reply to  Tom Wilde

All very well said Tom. What Graham is proposing in NOT a repeal of Obamacare in any sense of the word. It is simply a shell game shifting bits and pieces of Obamacare around and hoping the average citizen is too stupid to notice. Just as the Ryan plan in the House and the so-called “skinny repeal” was in the Senate. Every iteration of the GOP’s so-called repeal and replace amounted to the same thing. All of them preserved the basic operational premise and infrastructure of Obamacare. That the government needs to control the healthcare sector and set the terms and conditions by which you may or may not get treatment or drugs for your specific illness. While their mandates and constant intrusion in the healthcare sector drives up the cost of that healthcare higher and higher each year. Again, all the GOP “solutions” (they are NOT TOTAL REPEAL) amount to simply shifting a few small pieces around and hoping the public is dumb enough to buy it.

As for AMAC, if you’ve read their total solution, not just the one piece they want you to focus on, it is pretty much Obamacare-lite as well. Same “government knows best” mentality. So if you’re looking for an organization that is really completely opposed to socialized medicine, AMAC isn’t it. Sorry, but that is the blunt truth. Anyway, good post. Very direct and to the point.

Rik
4 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Hi PaulE, still think the Conservatives shouldn’t break away and form their own Party? … Otherwise, we’re just going to be blamed for the failure of the GOP to repeal Obamacare! Distance ourselves and really go after theses phony Rhinos and Progressively Communist Democrats. The Middle Class showed in this last election that they’ve realized Obama and Hillary ARE COMMUNISTS and IN COMMUNISM THERE IS NO MIDDLE CLASS just RICH And POOR!!!

PaulE
4 years ago
Reply to  Rik

Sorry Rik, but as we discussed many times already, all you are doing is splitting the Republican vote in two and ensuring Democrats will win every time going forward. We are NEVER going to get 100 percent of all Republican voters to jump ship to a 3rd party, which is what you would need to have a credible chance at actually winning elections. A significant number of Democrats, who rightfully thought Hillary would be a total nightmare as President, decided to vote for Trump last November. Which is why Trump won in several normally Democrat- guaranteed states. That’s the uncomfortable truth the Democrats or media will never admit. It is also a story largely ignored by what little of the conservative media we have left in this country. Trump offered a viable chance at restoring the middle class, by offering a clear path to a better country with better opportunities.

The only way to fix the current situation is for people to get off their collective @**es, educate themselves on what the voting record is of their current Congressional representatives in both houses of Congress and then vote out every single RINO during the primary process in their states. Make sure there is a conservative challenger (real conservative, NOT someone who merely claims to be conservative to get votes like most of the RINO’s we currently have) to replace the deadwood you’re replacing via the primary process and that’s it. Systematically take-over the GOP with true conservatives just like the Socialists and Communists systematically took over the Democrat Party over the last 100 years. If that is too much trouble for most people to do, then they end up with exactly what they have sitting in Congress today. Ninety percent of the GOP in Congress are RINO’s. Only the Freedom Caucus in the House and one or two Senators in the Senate are actually real fiscal and constitutional conservatives.

Ivan Berry
4 years ago
Reply to  Rik

Rik, it’s hard to make music with a split drum head, and splitting the Republican party is no answer, either. If you want the right people leading from D.C., the people must be educated as to what has been going on and be knowledgible as how to fix it. That’s a long hard road to travel upon, but we didn;t get here in a day and it will take decades to reverse this dismantleing of America, if at all.

Rik
4 years ago
Reply to  Ivan Berry

Guys, it ain’t going to happen. … There’s an old saying “you’re guilty by association” and ALL the Conservatives will be put into the same boat as the Rinos. If a supposedly GOP Congress can’t repeal Obamacare in full, they will be voted out of office and this country WILL BE DOOMED!!! … If I’m going to lose, let it be as a REAL CONSERVATIVE, NOT AS A PROGRESSIVELY COMMUNIST RINO!!!

Ivan Berry
4 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

As usual, PaulE, you’ve added clarity. Good job.

SlipperCity
4 years ago
Reply to  Tom Wilde

Ditto for me! I am sick and tired of the Republican Party AND the Democrats as well. We need another party!!!! No polititian seems to care about any of us…… Just VOTE, and then SHUT UP!!!!

Raymond
4 years ago
Reply to  SlipperCity

Absolutely right. Both parties stink!

Ivan Berry
4 years ago
Reply to  Tom Wilde

Tell it like it is, Tom. Some of us really do appreciate it, and well said.

Ivan Berry
4 years ago
Reply to  Tom Wilde

Maybe, just maybe, passing this watered down OBcare light, will give some choices to the States and give enough time to replace some Republican RINOS in the next mid-term election. That is, should the Republican Party not totally self-destruct in the meantime, as proposed by Rik.

Joan
4 years ago

I hope this bill does not pass! This is just a band aid on Obamacare. I believe Senator Rand Paul is right to oppose this bill. Washington
needs to totally repeal and replace the horrible Obamacare. Get rid of it!

Cherie Lynn Davis
4 years ago

Thank you AMAC for taking this battle to fruition. Hopefully, if things go as expected, the scourge of Obamacare will no longer plague hardworking Americans with burdensome requirements and exorbitant costs and the greedy politicians who thrust this behemoth upon us will soon find themselves without a job! They had a nerve to push this legislation on us and exempt themselves in the process. Our next objective should be to get legislation passed stating, specifically, that they are subject to any, and all, legislation they pass in the future!!

janmarie
4 years ago

This bill does not repeal Obamacare. It redistributes taxes and patches are made. If we do this we will never get a repeal. And we need a repeal and a clean slate.

Jim Davenport
4 years ago

I would not support any bill Sen. Graham brings to the table. It has a smell of a RINO.

janmarie
4 years ago
Reply to  Jim Davenport

You are so right Jim. He is not trustworthy.

Rik
4 years ago
Reply to  Jim Davenport

Commies ALL, … Well people, are you still against breaking off and leaving the so-called Republican Party? … I WANT TO VOTE FOR “REAL” CONSERVATIVES… We have to let the American people really see that EVERYONE BUT CONSERVATIVES ARE REALLY COMMUNISTS!!!

PaulE
4 years ago
Reply to  Rik

Rik,

Not sure how you think splitting the Republican vote in two and ensuring Socialist Democrat Party wins every election going forward will “teach” the Millennials anything. The Millennials already think socialism is “cool” and that full-blown communism can’t be any worse than the capitalism they have all been brainwashed to hate by their left-wing teachers. So who is the “everyone” you are referring to?

The answer is to primary out every one of the RINOs that are in office today with real fiscal and constitional conservatives. Honestly, that should have occurred last year with the likes of Ryan, McConnell, Graham and McCain, but apathy and indifference is a hard thing to over-come in an electorate that is on auto-pilot most of the time. That takes an engaged and informed electorate, not an apathetic and uninformed electorate that decides who to vote for by who has the most TV ads. Too honest? Nah, not really. That way the likes of Ryan, McConnell, Graham, McCain, Flake, Rubio, etc. would ALL be eliminiated from the general ballot in the November elections. Short of that, there is NO QUICK FIX. Of course if you want to throw your vote away on a third-party candidate with ZERO chances of winning, to make a empty point, that is of course your right. We’ve talked a few times about why third-parties don’t work as a viable alternative. So if you want to go that route, that is your right.

Ivan Berry
4 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

PaulE, this ongoing debate may not can be won, but so far for all the suggestions we hear, no one seems to realize that unless we retake those institutions and the culture that has been confiscated by the collectivists, we have no means of regaining what has already been lost.

Kamelhaj
4 years ago
Reply to  Rik

Better yet, is there any way we can get the RINOs out of the Republican party… they have already demonstrated that they are up for the highest bidder!

Wayne Peterkin
4 years ago

I have had a major issue with any healthcare bill that makes no attempt to reduce real medical costs. I believe the best an most lucrative means of reducing those costs is serious, major Tort Reform which costs taxpayers and our government exactly nothing, yet it can dramatically reduce the expenses of every single medical care provider by allowing big reductions in their liability insurance costs. Therefore, Tort Reform must be vigorously pursued whether as part of this bill or after. The only people who would be expected to oppose reform are the lawyers who are the primary benefactors of lawsuit abuse. Like Obamacare, this bill does little to improve healthcare and is an insurance bill. While I think we could and should do better, it is a start at least.

Bess E Adair
4 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Peterkin

Wayne, if we could only get the doctors, health care system and the pharmacist companies, medical colleges all to reduce their costs by even 10 or 15% we would see the costs go down. Every day I see at least 10 or more ads for getting people to call to see if they can sue some doctor, drug company or hospital for some reason. We have a mentality today that if something goes wrong it is always the other person’s fault when it might not be at all. Mankind is not perfect and that is what everyone thinks the medical community should be! It is time to wake up and realize that none of us except the LORD JESUS CHRIST are perfect!

Hen3ry
4 years ago
Reply to  Bess E Adair

TORT Reform is way past due.
Let’s put the Bottom Feeding lawyers and lobbyists on unemployment
Better yet let’s have them work for an enterprise that is actually trying to produce something beneficial

Kim
4 years ago
Reply to  Bess E Adair

Bess–
The providers within the health care system are unlikely to reduce their rates out of the “goodness of their hearts”. Since Obamacare has turned this whole industry upside down and thrown free-market principles out the window, the providers and the insurance companies are up against an uncertain future. They have to pad their wallets the best they can now or face the possibility that their companies or practices will fail, like so many have already done.
Tort reform, competition among insurers across state lines, getting the government out of the industry, wise use of expensive technological resources–these will help. I would like to see the ACA repealed in its entirety, leaving the private sector to scramble for the scraps. Once the dust settles and some form of sanity congeals from this medical morass, we will have something much closer to what would be right for America.

Injeun
4 years ago
Reply to  Bess E Adair

Nice post.

Hen3ry
4 years ago

This should Not be “the do or die moment” for the Repubs to undo Obama Government Run Healthcare.
Years of promises. Months between election and inauguration
The Repub majority in Congress have been MIA in using
this rare opportunity to actually govern for a change.

Maybe they want the prestige of their jobs but
don’t want to do the work for the American people instead
of doing the bidding of the high flying lobbyists.
Maybe more than a few of them should be primaried

janmarie
4 years ago
Reply to  Hen3ry

I agree with you. This bill does not repeal Obamacare. It redistributes taxes and patches are made. If we do this we will never get a repeal. And we need a repeal and a clean slate. We need to reduce real costs that are in the system that just bumps everything up. And we need a bill that gives us the freedom to make our choices.

janmarie
4 years ago

I am not in favor of this. It is NOT a repeal. Why bother. Just a new way to redistribute taxes.

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