All 50 State Medicaid Directors Finally Agreed On Something

This health care debate is getting fiery.

In a surprising announcement on Thursday, the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) — which represents all 50 state Medicaid directors — came out against the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill.

The NAMD board of directors, which rarely finds unanimous agreement on health care policy, said it'd be "the largest intergovernmental transfer of financial risk from the federal government to the states in our country's history." They added that a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score, which the Graham-Cassidy bill won't have, is the bare minimum they need to support it.

"Our members are committed to ensuring that the programs we operate improve health outcomes while also being fiscally responsible to state and federal taxpayers," the NAMD said in a statement. "We are concerned that this legislation would undermine these efforts in many states and fail to deliver on our collective goal of an improved health care system."

On Twitter, Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy reacted with shock that the NAMD board all being in agreement, as did health care expert Andy Slavitt. 

Today, the Graham-Cassidy effort took another blow when Sen. John McCain, a close friend of the bill's co-sponsor Lindsay Graham, came out against the bill. That capped off a tumultuous week in which talk show host Jimmy Kimmel had a fiery back and forth with Sen. Bill Cassidy over the bill's flaws, several Republicans openly admitted the bill wasn't well drafted, and the only polling of the bill showed an anemic 24 percent approval rating

The Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill next week. 

Cover photo: Shutterstock / Albert H. Teich

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