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 MurkowskiThis week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick McConnell: Senate to confirm Kavanaugh by Oct. 1 MORE (R-Alaska) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainObama, Bush veterans dismiss Trump-Putin interpreter subpoena Controversial Trump judicial nominee withdraws Trump vows to hold second meeting with Putin 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 introduce resolution endorsing ICE Lawmakers pitch dueling plans for paid family leave New push to break deadlock on paid family leave MORE (R-La.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamQuestions mount over Trump-Putin discussions The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and Congress at odds over Russia Overnight Defense: Trump inviting Putin to DC | Senate to vote Monday on VA pick | Graham open to US-Russia military coordination in Syria 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 CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report — Russia furor grips Washington Overnight Health Care: Novartis pulls back on drug price hikes | House Dems launch Medicare for All caucus | Trump officials pushing ahead on Medicaid work requirements Senate panel to vote next week on banning 'gag clauses' in pharmacy contracts 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 ObamaMontana governor raises profile ahead of potential 2020 bid Trump was right to ditch UN’s plan for handling migrants Ex-White House stenographer: Trump is ‘lying to the American people’ MORE's signature health care law.