GOP Senators Unveil Last-Ditch Effort To Repeal ACA.

September 14, 2017

 

The Washington Post  (9/13, Weigel, Goldstein) reports that on Wednesday, four GOP senators unveiled “a plan to devolve federal health care spending into state-by-state block grants – legislation that South Carolina Sen. Lindsey O. Graham described as conservatives’ last shot at” repealing the Affordable Care Act. Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) co-sponsored the measure with Graham. The measure would preserve “most of the financial props that support the ACA, eliminating only a tax on medical devices.” It would convert the billions allocated to Medicaid expansion under the ACA into block grants administered by the states.

        Politico  (9/13, Haberkorn) reports that the lawmakers described the bill “as the last, best hope to fulfill the GOP’s promise to undo the health law.” But, it “faces long odds: Even some of its GOP backers say it would be almost impossible to get a massive rewrite of the health care system through the Senate within 17 days, or before the expiration of fast-track procedural powers Republicans hope to use to bypass the threat of a Democratic filibuster.”

        The Hill  (9/13, Sullivan) reports that the measure faces “extremely long odds.” On Wednesday, Graham urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Trump “to step up their efforts” and push lawmakers to support the bill. The article says, however, that “leadership has shown little interest in diving back into the” ACA “repeal fight after the effort failed in July.”

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