Republican senators tried to gather more support on Monday for a last-ditch attempt to repeal Obamacare by revising funding provisions of their bill to make it more attractive to a handful of undecided lawmakers.
The outcome remained in doubt, with several senators in the party voicing concerns in recent days about the legislation to dismantle Democratic former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.
Republican senators leading the effort on Monday released a revised version of their bill in hopes of finding more support.
The latest Republican proposal to undo the Affordable Care Act would grant states much greater flexibility and all but guarantee much greater uncertainty for tens of millions of people.
The legislation, proposed by two Senate Republicans, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, would not only reduce the amount of federal funding for coverage over the next decade, but would also give states wide leeway to determine whom to cover and how. The result is a law that would be as disruptive as many of the Republicans’ previous proposals, but whose precise impact is the hardest to predict.
House Republicans continued to negotiate changes Thursday to their legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare even as leaders have promised a floor vote on the bill by the end of the day.
The conservative House Freedom Caucus — led by North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows — announced Wednesday they had enough “no” votes to kill the bill, because members felt it did not go far enough in repealing the mandates established in the Affordable Care Act.
That touched off a flurry of negotiations into the night and continuing Thursday morning over changes that could still be made to win their support.
Contrary to a recently published Drudge Report item, John Boehner blogs that Republican support for a legislative fix to Obamacare does not constitute advocating expansion. The Drudge Report recently led its website headlines with: “Republicans expand Obamacare?” In late March, 2014 – House leadership angered the rank and file by authorizing legislation to block a potential reduction in spending. This occurred via a voice-vote with only dozens of members actually on the floor.
Republicans claim they remain committed to repealing Obamacare outright, and replacing it with a viable GOP version. But Republicans are walking a tight line in 2014, as a divided minority in the House of Representatives.