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 MurkowskiMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Week ahead: Trump expected to shrink two national monuments GOP on verge of opening Arctic refuge to drilling MORE (R-Alaska) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat Meghan McCain knocks Bannon: 'Who the hell are you' to criticize Romney? Dems demand Tillerson end State hiring freeze, consult with Congress 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 CassidyTax bill could fuel push for Medicare, Social Security cuts Collins to vote for GOP tax plan Overnight Tech: Lawmakers want answers on Uber breach | Justices divided in patent case | Tech makes plea for net neutrality on Cyber Monday MORE (R-La.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration We are running out of time to protect Dreamers US trade deficit rises on record imports from China MORE (R-S.C.). The two senators are reportedly considering changes to the bill specific to Alaska in order to win over her vote.

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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: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids Study: ObamaCare bills backed by Collins would lower premiums Right scrambles GOP budget strategy 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 ObamaPatagonia files suit against Trump cuts to Utah monuments Former Dem Tenn. gov to launch Senate bid: report Eighth Franken accuser comes forward as Dems call for resignation MORE's signature health care law.