U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV), Ron Johnson (R-WI) and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) have introduced a solid plan to repeal and replace the failed Obamacare. Their proposal repeals the structure and architecture of Obamacare and replaces it with a block grant given annually to states to help individuals pay for health care.
President Donald Trump expressed his support for the plan via Twitter:
@realDonaldTrump: I hope Republican Senators will vote for Graham-Cassidy and fulfill their promise to Repeal & Replace ObamaCare. Money direct to States!
President Trump is right; the Graham-Cassidy bill gives money back to the states, back to the people who understand their constituents needs the best. It gets rid of the “one size fits all” Obamacare format. Even the New York Times praised this feature: “A more flexible system would give states latitude to pursue health care programs that are a better fit for their populations’ ideological sensibilities.”
The Graham-Cassidy bill has several notable features:
Repeals Obamacare Individual and Employer Mandates.
Repeals the Obamacare Medical Device Tax.
Strengthens the ability for states to waive Obamacare regulations.
Returns power to the states and patients by equalizing the treatment between Medicaid Expansion and Non-expansion States through an equitable block grant distribution.
Protects patients with pre-existing medical conditions.
This bill also eliminates the inequity of four states receiving 37 percent of Obamacare funds and brings all states to funding parity by 2026. As Senator Cassidy’s website says, this bill “treats all Americans the same no matter where they live.” The Washington Examiner has called this bill the “best imaginable defense” against the horrible single-payer proposals of Bernie Sanders and the left.
The Graham-Cassidy bill is probably the last and best chance for Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare and they have until September 30th to get this campaign promise accomplished. The vote is scheduled to take place next week.