GOP Senators unveil healthcare proposal

Republican senators released details Wednesday of a new effort to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina says the bill “is the best and only” chance for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.

The legislation seeks to do away with the various subsidies and mandates that encompass the current health law and instead provides block grants to the states to help individuals pay for health coverage.

The senators say states are better equipped than Washington to determine how best to meet the needs of their residents.

Sen. Bernie Sanders is also ready to unveil his bill for creating a system where the government provides health insurance for everybody.

Besides focusing on health, the rival packages have something else in common. Neither is likely going anywhere soon.

Graham and Louisiana’s Bill Cassidy are releasing a plan to dismantle Obama’s statute. So far, they’re having trouble rounding up the votes they’d need to prevail.

Sanders’ proposal is to expand Medicare to cover all Americans.

Liberals love the Vermont independent’s package. But many Democrats worry Republicans will accuse them of wanting a huge tax increase to pay for it.


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