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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 15:30

Trump cheers long-shot Senate effort to revisit Obamacare repeal

Written by  Anne Gearan
Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks during a news conference Wednesday on Capitol Hill. The Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson proposal repeals the structure of Obamacare and replaces it with a block grant given annually to states to help individuals pay for health care.

(Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

President Trump praised a long-shot Senate effort Wednesday to take another crack at eliminating the Affordable Care Act.

“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.

He was referring to a proposal from Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Lindsey O. Graham of South Carolina that would provide block grants to states for health care and eliminate many of the subsidies and requirements of the ACA.

[Sanders will introduce universal health care, backed by 15 Democrats]

“If you believe repealing and replacing Obamacare is a good idea, this is your best and only chance to make it happen because everything else has failed except this approach,” the Associated Press quoted Graham as saying as he and Cassidy introduced the legislation Wednesday.

Trump has repeatedly blasted Senate Republicans, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in particular, for failing to finally “repeal and replace” the 2010 law this year, despite myriad promises to do so.

Read more at WashingtonPost

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