Estimates show Arizona, Alaska would lose funding under new GOP ObamaCare repeal

Estimates show Arizona, Alaska  would lose funding under new GOP ObamaCare repeal
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A new analysis of the GOP's latest bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare shows the bill hitting hardest in states held by holdout votes Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiMichael Steele: Congress must lead on cannabis reform and stand with the American public Proposed budget for Indian Health Services won't treat Native American patients equally Keep anti-environment riders for Alaska out of spending bill MORE (R-Alaska) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcCain asks Trump's CIA pick to explain ties to torture Petraeus: Haspel will explain actions in nomination hearing Afghanistan is our longest war ever and Congress has abandoned all responsibility MORE (R-Ariz.).

Axios reported Friday that an estimate from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) predicted Alaska would lose 38 percent of federal funding for premium subsidies and Medicaid by 2026 under the proposal to repeal ObamaCare.

Murkowski, who hasn't yet stated how she will vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, is seen as a key target for the bill's co-sponsors, Sens. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyGOP senators push tougher sentencing for synthetic opioid Reforming Medicaid’s drug discount program would be a real congressional achievement Here is a health care proposal that could actually work MORE (R-La.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamBernie Sanders to Trump: Firing Mueller 'an impeachable offense' The Memo: Lawyer’s exit signals harder line by Trump Senators introduced revised version of election cyber bill MORE (R-S.C.). The two senators are reportedly considering changes to the bill specific to Alaska in order to win over her vote.

Arizona, according to the study, would see its federal funding for Medicaid and premium subsidies drop by a smaller amount, 10 percent, by 2026. McCain has indicated that he will support the Graham-Cassidy repeal bill.

Murkowski was one of three GOP senators, including McCain, who voted against the "skinny repeal" of ObamaCare in July, killing the bill. The defeat was a major setback for President Trump and Republican leaders in Congress.

The last dissenting GOP lawmaker on the "skinny repeal," Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Health Care: House passes .3T omnibus | Bill boosts funds for NIH, opioid treatment | Senators spar over ObamaCare fix | 'Right to Try' bill heads to the Senate Winners and losers from the .3T omnibus Senators introduced revised version of election cyber bill MORE (R-Maine), hasn't yet stated how she will vote on Graham-Cassidy. According to the CMS study, Maine is set to see a 44 percent increase in federal funding for health care by 2026 under the proposed bill.

Earlier in the week, however, Collins blasted her Republican colleagues for effectively tanking a bipartisan effort to fix ObamaCare by supporting the Graham-Cassidy measure, calling the decision "disappointing." 

"It's disappointing that this bipartisan effort — which should be our approach — was not allowed to proceed to conclusion," Collins said Wednesday.

The Senate is expected to vote on the Graham-Cassidy legislation next week. The bill has been called the GOP's "last ditch" attempt to repeal former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaYou just can't keep good health policy down Obama Foundation announces new job training program for Chicago students Biden praises Parkland students fighting for gun reform: ‘They’re going to win’ MORE's signature health care law.