Washington (PalmettoTimes) – Congressional Republicans are quite worried about the future of their attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare. This comes after the Senate Health Care Bill fell apart on Monday. While most might see this with despair, South Carolina’s Senator Lindsay Graham sees this as an opportunity for him to unveil his own health care bill.
Senator Graham and Senator Bill Cassidy are behind Senator Graham’s bill. His bill seeks to cut across the divide between moderate republicans and conservatives by converting federal funding into block grants that the states would be allowed to use.
“Getting money and power out of Washington, and returning it to the states is the best hope for innovative health care,” Graham said
Senator Graham hopes that his bill would get support from democrats who want to protect Obamacare in some form. However, his proposal didn’t receive support from Democrat Senators.
On the brighter side, Columbia’s Democratic Mayor, Steve Benjamin, in a tweet, thanked Graham for trying to find a bi-partisan solution to the problem. The Mayor is part of a Conference of Mayors that support the bill maintaining coverage levels and would prevent cuts to Medicaid.
“We must have a real solution to healthcare that provides accessible, affordable, quality (hashtag) healthcare,” Benjamin said.
The Governor of South Carolina, Henry McMaster, opined on Facebook that the reason why voters selected a republican congress was to easily carry out a simple repeal of Obamacare.
“It’s now time for Congress to fulfill that promise and fix our failing health care system. The voters are counting on them,” McMaster said.
On the other hand, Senate Majority leader, Mitch McConnel, and President Trump, have a different idea. They are both for the repeal of Obamacare, and then a new bill would enacted from scratch.
President Trump tweeted that “Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate. Dems will join in!”
President Trump later added that Republicans should just let Obamacare fail, and then they should come together to enact something greater.
U.S Rep. Jeff Duncan said that the House had already done its part by passing a replacement bill in the early part of this year. He tweeted “I’ve done my part to repeal this horrible law, and the people of the third district know that.”
He also talked about a previous repeal in 2015 that was vetoed by President Barack Obama.