Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Republicans in Congress might try to repeal Obamacare again.
Since the failure of “skinny repeal” last week, President Donald Trump has continued to push for Congressional Republicans to repeal the ACA, despite repeated failures.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has said it’s “time to move on,” but at least one Republican senator has other ideas.
“We’re not moving on. We’re going to listen to President Trump. We’re going to get ‘er done,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on Fox & Friends Tuesday morning.
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Graham, along with Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), has proposed a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act — which Graham says is the “best idea” — that would ultimately put health care in the hands of governors.
“How about this idea: Instead of trying to re-do Obamacare in Washington, why don’t you turn to the governors,” Graham said Tuesday. “Take all the money you would spend in Washington on health care, block grant it back to the states and let them design health care systems closer to your family.”
Experts say that block-granting health care to the states, which would shift costs off the federal government, would likely leave millions of people uninsured. Graham’s plan would also do away with the individual and employer mandates, which ensure that that healthy people stay in insurance pools.
Without the mandate, insurance pools will have a higher ratio of sick to poor people, which will result in higher premiums and could lead to a death spiral.
Senate Republicans have already tried a number of times to repeal the ACA, with no avail. On Tuesday morning, Graham said he thinks he has a way to get Congress to pass a health care bill.
“President Trump should take our subsidies away from us as members of Congress if we don’t deliver [on health care],” Graham said.
But Graham doesn’t get that subsidy, as he admitted Tuesday morning.
“After 33 years in the military, I have health care through the military, but I will be punished,” he said. “Punish me in any way you think’s appropriate if I can’t fix your health care. You sent us up here, the American people, to repeal and replace Obamacare.”
Graham also said Tuesday morning that repealing Obamacare is “the end of single-payer health care,” despite the fact that Obamacare is not a single-payer system.