CPI’s Weekly Compass for September 11, 2017

CPI Staff — Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Here are the top stories conservatives are following this week:

What’s Really Happening

Crunch Time on Obamacare Repeal: President Trump made a surprise deal with Democrats to push a showdown on national debt and spending until December, yet one very important September deadline remains. A recent ruling by the Senate parliamentarian made clear that reconciliation instructions for Obamacare repeal expire on September 30. That means any hopes of passing legislation related to Obamacare with only 51 Republican votes in the Senate likely die after September.

The most talked about bill has been crafted by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana), and text is expected to be unveiled this week. It is not a repeal bill, keeping more of Obamacare than previous GOP reforms. Robert Donachie explains how Graham-Cassidy works: It keeps Obamacare in place until 2020, then repeals the individual mandate but leaves in place pre-existing condition requirement, and replaces insurance subsidies with block grants to states. Reason’s Peter Suderman: “The Cassidy-Graham plan, then, is a recognition, of sorts, that Republicans have failed at the federal level, and that state experimentation may now be the best alternative… And it is best understood as a tacit admission that Obamacare is here to stay, and that congressional Republicans don’t know what to do about it.” Rand Paul says the new bill is already doomed. Republican leaders declare defeat on repeal efforts.

However, the fallout from Obamacare’s collapsing system is not going away. 71% of cities will see double digit premium increases as insurers continue to drop out. House conservatives continue to gather signatures to force a vote on the same Obamacare repeal that passed in 2015. If GOP members voted the same way they did in 2015, Obamacare repeal could still become reality by the end of this month. CPI’s Rachel Bovard explains how the discharge petition works. Click here to see if your member of Congress has signed the repeal petition. 

Policy Perspectives

Notable Events

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