Sen. Joe Manchin says he doesn’t see Graham-Cassidy health care reform bill passing

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from The Washington Times,

Sen. Joe Manchin said Tuesday he doesn’t think the Republicans new effort to replace Obamacare will pass.

“I just don’t see that pathway under the Graham-Cassidy bill. I see a pathway with the bill we have before us, with the Affordable Care Act, if we rework that bill. And if Democrats are willing to work with Republicans, it’s a give-and-take proposition,” Mr. Manchin, West Virginia Democrat, said on Fox News.

Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana are proposing a bill that would reallocate the Obamacare funds into block grants to states, allowing them to build their own health care systems. It would also repeal the mandates and medical-device tax in the current legislation.

Sen. Claire McCaskill said that the problems with the Republicans’ last attempt at a replacement plan for Obamacare still remain in this bill.

“This is no difference than what they’ve already tried to do. They’re not going to protect people with pre-existing conditions, they’re going to dramatically cut the Medicaid program, and that is exactly what got them in trouble before,” Ms. McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, said on MSNBC.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said it’s the same “mean-spirited effort” to deny others health insurance across the country while redistributing funds to red states.

“They’re certainly reshuffling the money so it’s going to red states. In New Hampshire, however, we would lose $410 million. In Ohio, they would lose upwards of $2 billion,” Ms. Shaheen, New Hampshire Democrat, said on CNN.

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