It turns out that even the major players in the health industry don’t like the Graham-Cassidy bill.
Backers of the GOP Graham-Cassidy health-care bill — Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., plus President Trump via Twitter — maintain it doesn’t touch protections for those with pre-existing conditions. And Cassidy also says the legislation will cover MORE people than current law does.
They all have one problem: No one from the health industry is backing them up. The health insurers are against Graham-Cassidy, with the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association saying that the legislation “contains provisions that would allow states to waive key consumer protections, as well as undermine safeguards for those with pre-existing medical condition.” The American Medical Association is also against the bill. Ditto the American Hospital Association.
So if Graham/Cassidy/Trump claim that the legislation protects those with pre-existing conditions and expands coverage, the question follows: Which study or industry expert backs that up?
After Jimmy Kimmel excoriated senator Bill Cassidy for lying about what kind of health care bill he would sponsor, Cassidy went on TV to defend himself and said that Kimmel did not understand the bill. This of course, enabled Kimmel to revisit the topic and lay into him again and, in the process Kimmel also called Fox News’s ‘brown haired guy who is not Steve Doocy’ a “phony little creep”.