Thursday, July 27, 2017

GOP senators seem ready to pass Obamacare repeal bill – as long as it never becomes law - LA Times

GOP senators seem ready to pass Obamacare repeal bill – as long as it never becomes law - LA Times

In a desperate bid to salvage their Obamacare overhaul, Senate Republicans were closing in on an unorthodox plan Thursday to vote on a dramatically slimmed-down repeal bill, but only if they received assurances that what they pass will never become law.

Instead they want Senate GOP leaders’ so-called skinny bill — which Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) called a “fraud,” “disaster” and “the dumbest thing in history” — to be used only as a vehicle to develop more comprehensive legislation later in consultation with House Republicans.

The emerging plan would require 50 of the Senate’s 52 GOP lawmakers to vote for a bill that would leave much of the 2010 law in place and eliminate just a handful of its provisions, including its insurance mandates. The strategy arose in recent days as a last-dtich alternative after Senate Republicans were unable to agree on any other legislation to roll back the Affordable Care Act.

  

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