September 24: You Aughta Know This Week

1. Rollercoaster ride on the possible vote on the Graham-Cassidy Affordable Care Act repeal legislation. Those who would like to allow people who need health care to continue to be able to do so through the Medicaid expansion need three no votes from Republicans. So far, Senators Rand Paul and John McCain have committed to voting no.

Will a vote happen this week? Seems unlikely but don’t count it out! Senate Republicans are still trying to buy votes, per Politico.

The GOP is considering pushing back the implementation date and tweaking funding formulas in a bid to win over Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), a White House official said. Neither moderate Republican has announced their opposition to a bill written by Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, though Collins is “leaning against” the bill.

And the hearing is still scheduled for 2 pm ET on Monday.

2. Meanwhile, bipartisan market stabilization is paused for Graham-Cassidy. Senator Patty Murray is not amused (via the Health Affairs blog).

We identified significant common ground and I made some tough concessions to move in Chairman Alexander’s direction when it comes to giving states more flexibility. I am disappointed that Republican leaders have decided to freeze this bipartisan approach and are trying to jam through a partisan Trumpcare bill, but I am confident that we can reach a deal if we keep working together—and I am committed to getting that done.

3. Meanwhile, HHS Secretary Price is under fire for $400,000 spent on private jets for government business. He now says he will stop using private jets until an investigative review of his travel is complete.

4. Four disabled people killed this week by police, in a heartbreaking article in The Nation. Update: the number for the week is now nine.

5. Exchanges down for maintenance 12am-12pm every Sunday during the 45 days of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, Vox’s Sarah Kliff reports.

6. And an important post–understanding autism as opposed to simply being aware it exists. (Via My Autistic Dance)

7. A personal favorite from the weekend: Throw out everything you know about autism. (Via Autism in Our Nest)

8. And on the #ActuallyAutistic beat, I’m not just socially awkward is a reminder and a plea. I cannot even imagine what it is like to be autistic and have to deal with these kinds of comments from people who think they know better than you do about autism.

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