Senate Republicans Could Vote On Obamacare Repeal By End of Month

Graham-Cassidy bill would replace Obamacare with block grants to states

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
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• September 18, 2017 10:16 am


Republicans in the Senate are considering voting on another Obamacare repeal bill before Sept. 30, Politico reported.

The bill being considered has been proposed by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R., La.) and would replace Obamacare's top-down federal structure and replace it with block grants to states.

"The proposal removes the decisions from Washington and gives states significant latitude over how the dollars are used to best take care of the unique health care needs of the patients in each state," the senators said. "The grant dollars would replace the federal money currently being spent on Medicaid expansion, Obamacare tax credits, cost-sharing reduction subsidies and the basic health plan dollars."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said that if the bill gets the support of 50 of 52 Republican senators, he can bring it to the floor.

"It would be a last-ditch attempt to repeal Obamacare before the GOP's power to pass health care legislation through a party-line vote in the Senate expires on Sept. 30," the article states.

Support for the bill at the moment is short of what is needed for it to pass, but party leaders are expected to hold meetings this week to gain votes.

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