Graham, Cassidy Push Last-Ditch Effort on ACA Repeal
Republican senators pushing a last-ditch effort to overhaul the Affordable Care Act (ACA) say they are within one vote of having the support needed to pass their bill.
Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said they would continue to push for a vote this month before the expiration of fast-track reconciliation legislation that allows Republicans to pass the bill on a party-line vote. The senators’ bill would repeal the ACA’s individual and employer mandate penalties and transform the law’s Medicaid expansion into a trillion-dollar block grant for states, mostly by redirecting funding from states that expanded their Medicaid programs to those that did not.
Although not all of the 52 Senate Republicans have publicly announced their position on the bill, Cassidy said he has 49 commitments to back his legislation. Republicans would need only one more vote before Vice President Mike Pence could cast the tie-breaking vote. Continue Reading