President Trump has been spearheading the efforts to repeal the disastrous Affordable Healthcare Act put into place by his predecessor.
But while many in Congress stand behind him in his fight to repeal and replace ObamaCare, some are attempting to sabotage a new healthcare plan— even members of the GOP.
Over a dozen Republicans are in fact trying to save Obama’s most infamous bill.
Two Senators in particular—GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington—have released a bill intended to “repair” ObamaCare.
The bill proposes to continue federal funding of ObamaCare outreach programs.
Worse yet, Sen. Alexander of Tennessee has convinced twelve of his Republican colleagues to join in his efforts to save the disastrous healthcare law.
The Daily Caller reports:
GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington released a bill to fix Obamacare Wednesday. The bill, known as The Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act, would continue funding Obamacare subsidies, provide funding for the Affordable Care Act’s navigator and outreach programs and fund basic health plans.
Republicans have spent over seven years campaigning on the platform to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. The party even tried a handful of times to repeal Obamacare in 2017, but no proposal successfully made its way through the Senate.
Two sponsors of the Alexander-Murray bill are Graham and Cassidy, who only last month pushed a bill of their own to repeal major portions of Obamacare and fundamentally change the program’s funding mechanism to a system of block grants. The bill was never put up for a vote on the Senate floor, but Graham told TheDCNF in September he believes the bill will make a resurgence sometime in early 2018.
Alexander has 12 of his Republican colleagues signed on as cosponsors, including: Sens. Mike Rounds of South Dakota, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, John McCain of Arizona, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Bob Corker of Tennessee, Johnny Isakson of Georgia and Richard Burr of North Carolina.
The new bill is suspected to have enough support to pass under regular Senate orders, which would allow a filibuster and requires 60 “yes” votes to pass.
Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer believes all 48 Democrats will vote “yes”.
Despite the treachery by Senator Alexander and his colleagues, other Republicans are pushing back against the bill.
But if Schumer’s prediction is correct, the passing of this legislation would only hinder an ObamaCare repeal further.
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