"I applaud the Senate for continuing to work toward a solution to relieve the disastrous Obamacare burden on the American people", Trump said in a statement issued by the White House Wednesday afternoon, adding, "I sincerely hope that Senators Graham and Cassidy have found a way to address the Obamacare crisis".
Seven weeks after the GOP drive to uproot Obama's 2010 health care law crashed in the Senate, two Republican senators, Lindsey Graham of SC and Louisiana's Bill Cassidy, on Wednesday were releasing their plan for trying again.
Their legislation would do away with numerous subsidies and mandates of the 2010 law.
The senators said that some states would get more money to provide health care than they get through the current system.
Santorum, who helped design the 1996 welfare reform law when he was in the Senate and worked with Graham and Cassidy on their health bill, said the key to winning passage is to enlist the support of the nation's governors. He said the deal passed by Congress to extend the borrowing limit to December 8 doesn't eliminate the so-called "extraordinary measures" the Treasury secretary can use to keep borrowing.
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Graham praised the Vice President; he said that Pence was "awesome".
The senators said they likely don't have the votes yet, but Graham hinted multiple times that if the president can help get governors behind the proposal, senators would follow suit. When the subject moves out of the spotlight, members of Congress feel more comfortable with the notion of taking health care away from millions of people.
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Maybe it's a political ploy to attract conservatives who want to say they fully repealed Obamacare without losing moderates who know it won't really happen. "Over time, it's less federal money than is being spent now on health care, but it's still a huge pot of money available to states with very few strings attached".
Some Democrats fear Sanders is exposing them to a lose-lose choice.
Also see: Growing number of Democrats join Bernie Sanders' single-payer health-care push. 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.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the bill's lead author, touted the bill's deep cuts to Medicaid, saying that Medicaid spending now is "unsustainable" and "crowds out the federal budget".
Graham said during his press conference that "only thing stopping us from having this idea debated on the floor of the United States Senate is lack of leadership". "If we leave health care...it will be because Democrats said, 'no'". The amount of money each state would receive as a block grant would hinge on how many residents fall roughly within the income groups eligible for Medicaid under an expansion of that program that about three-fifths of the states have adopted under the ACA - people with incomes of up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Dean Heller, R-Nev., signed on.
Graham presented his bill as the main alternative to a universal health care plan to be released later Wednesday by Independent Sen. Republicans are also insisting on easing the Obama law's coverage requirements, which Democrats oppose.
Alexander said Tuesday that Republicans want "real state flexibility" to let insurers offer "a larger variety of benefits and payment rules".