GOP Rolls Out 'Last-Ditch' Bill To Repeal Obamacare

Senator Lindsey Graham

Senator Lindsey Graham

The bill has drawn the support of some prominent Republicans, including the pivotal vote that killed the first GOP Obamacare repeal push: Sen.

Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and colleagues announced their plan. This Graham-Cassidy bill would eliminate the Medicaid expansion by 2026, likely kick millions of people off of their health care, and cause chaos in the individual health care market.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania said that those who are hesitant to support the bill because it doesn't repeal Obamacare entirely should focus on the fact that this will be one of the most historic reforms in the history of Washington.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP senators make last-ditch bid to repeal ObamaCare GOP braces for Bannon primary attacks McConnell, Schumer in verbal tango over debt limit agreement MORE (R-Ky.) has not explicitly backed the bill, telling Cassidy and Graham that they will need to round up the 50 votes needed for a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Pence.

The Democrats' request comes as the Senate Health Committee is holding hearings and negotiating a bipartisan bill aimed at stabilizing ObamaCare markets. Earlier this month, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway had a more forceful endorsement, telling Fox News that Trump had his pen ready to sign the bill. However, the president did not tell other senators explicity to vote for the bill. "If we leave health care...it will be because Democrats said, 'no'". Any part of the bill that does not affect the budget would be stripped out.

While these three senators toy with the idea of repealing Obamacare, more than a dozen Republican and Democratic senators are working on a solution to fix the problems with Obamacare, seemingly dropping all discussions of repealing and replacing the current system.

Sanders' proposal is to expand Medicare to cover all Americans. Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Brian Schatz of Hawaii, and Tom Udall of New Mexico all plan to attend Sanders announcement Wednesday.

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