GOP unveils bill to block-grant major parts of Affordable Care Act

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 05:11:44 AM. With just 17 days left for Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act on a party-line vote, a quartet of GOP senators on Wednesday rolled out a plan to
With just 17 days left for Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act on a party-line vote, a quartet of GOP senators on Wednesday rolled out a plan to devolve federal health care spending into state-by-state block grants - legislation that South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham described as conservatives' last shot at reform. "It should have been our first bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, but it is now our last," Graham said at a morning news conference. "To those in the Republican Party who feel like we have not fought as hard as we could, you're right." The Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill, named for co-sponsors Graham, Bill Cassidy, R-La., Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., would turn the billions of dollars spent on the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion, tax credits and subsidies into grants managed by each state. The bill represents a fundamentally different approach to overturning much of the sprawling 2010 health-care law than other measures Senate Republicans have attempted - and failed to achieve - this year. It would leave in place most of the financial props that support the ACA, eliminating only a tax on medical devices. At the same time, it does not attempt to replace the current law's policies with more conservative federal approaches, instead leaving it to each state to define its own rules for health plans that may be sold to residents and how consumers should be helped to afford that coverage. Alan Fram Senators on Wednesday rolled...Read more
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