The GOP senators who are pushing for a new health care plan in the wake of the collapse of the ACA say it needs to fix the ACA first.
“We are not going to repeal the ACA without a plan to improve it,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham Lindsey Olin GrahamGraham attacks Dems on Twitter after meeting Trump ‘very briefly’ Graham: ‘I’m going to be honest with you, we did not meet him very briefly’ MORE (R-S.C.), who is in the middle of an unsuccessful attempt to revive the Graham-Cassidy health care bill.
The Graham-Curtis bill is aimed at creating a single-payer health care system.
The senators are pushing a plan that would make Medicaid the only federal insurance program available to all Americans.
“I don’t think we have to do this on a partisan basis,” Graham said of the plan.
“We have to fix it, because it’s failing us.”
Sen. Ted Cruz Rafael (Ted) Edward CruzHow Flake came to secure Kavanaugh delay House Judiciary says Google CEO will testify later this year Second O’Rourke, Cruz debate postponed amid Kavanaugh nomination MORE (Tex.), another conservative senator, said Republicans need to “fix it” if they want to replace the ACA with something that is bipartisan and that works for all Americans.
“What we need to do is fix it on a bipartisan basis,” Cruz said, according to the Hill.
“You’ve got to be able to work together to fix this.
And we need a plan.”
Senators are expected to unveil a revised bill Monday that is more moderate in its proposals than the Graham and Cassidy legislation.
The latest proposal is a narrower version of the Graham legislation that would give states a financial incentive to expand Medicaid under the ACA.
States that expand Medicaid would be able apply for up to $100 billion in tax credits to help them cover costs.
The senators said the revised plan will offer states a more flexible system that would allow them to “work within the ACA” and would be more in line with what Republicans want in a replacement plan.
Graham-Cassady, which is now known as the Cassidy-Graham plan, would require all states to offer coverage to everyone at least until 2026.
Graham-Cruz, which was released Monday, would give all states up to four years to comply with the ACA and replace the individual mandate with a tax credit.