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Stabenow: Healthcare Battle Leaving Senate 'Chaotic and Maddening'

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By    |   Monday, 25 September 2017 02:55 PM

The Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill is undergoing even more changes, but as it stands now, it "completely takes away" any way of providing coverage for people with pre-existing conditions without having their premium costs go through the roof, Sen. Debbie Stabenow said Monday.

"I doubt it [will pass], but they're changing it again today," the Michigan Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "I have to give one example from Michigan. The numbers, here's what we know. When this thing would be fully phased in, we would see $140 billion in lost healthcare funding for coverage. The state budget that the governor just signed is only $56 billion. When they say the states are going to make up the money, there's not a chance."

Meanwhile, the ongoing discussions have left the Senate in a "chaotic and maddening" place, Stabenow said, because Republicans are treating the matter like a political chess game instead of something that will affect people's lives.

"Can you take your child to the doctor, get your cancer treatments? What about your mom's Alzheimer's?" she said. "These are real things for real people. They keep moving things around so they can say they got a political win and check the box. It's very frustrating."

Senators came back into session with many colleagues, such as Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wa., among others, discussing possible solutions for healthcare.

"We put together a great bipartisan with Sen. Orrin Hatch and myself and others to extend children's healthcare and the rug got pulled out from us," said Stabenow. "Nine million children get covered under the program and that ends this Friday and we'll focus now on how to rip apart the healthcare system."

Lawmakers do know that the insurance system needs to be stabilized, said Stabenow, as people are paying too much for premiums and co-pays and work is being done on proposals that could help, including getting younger, healthier people insured.

"Sen. Roy Blunt [R-Mo.] and I have 70 senators on a letter, we want to extend health center money, a bipartisan effort," she said. "That's what we want to be done. That's what we want to do before the end of the week, and we're wasting all our time."

Stabenow continued that she hopes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will see the votes "aren't there" for Graham-Cassidy, so "we can go on to those things where we could actually get something done."

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