Ala. Senate candidate Moore appears to be against new ObamaCare bill

Ala. Senate candidate Moore appears to be against new ObamaCare bill
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Roy Moore, the Republican former Alabama judge running for the open Senate seat in his state, appears to be against the GOP's latest effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare, a decision that would widen the rift between the possible senator and Senate Republican leadership.

When asked whether Moore would vote for the bill, nicknamed for the two Senators spearheading the push, a campaign spokesperson told MSNBC that "If Graham/Cassidy is anything less than a full repeal, Judge Moore will not vote for it.” 

 

The Hill confirmed Moore's stance with his campaign, but Moore’s spokeswoman did not respond to a request to elaborate as to whether Moore believes Graham-Cassidy qualifies as a “full repeal.” 

The bill, promoted by Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDurbin: I had 'nothing to do' with Curbelo snub Republicans jockey for position on immigration Overnight Health Care: House passes 20-week abortion ban | GOP gives ground over ObamaCare fix | Price exit sets off speculation over replacement MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyBen Shapiro: Who died and made Jimmy Kimmel Jesus? Dems look to turn ObamaCare tables on GOP in '18 Congress misses deadline to reauthorize childrens' health care program MORE (R-La.), represents a major overhaul of ObamaCare. 

Generally, it turns health care funding into block grants given to the states, which would be given broad leeway to set up health care exchanges how they see fit. 

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In the process, integral pieces of ObamaCare (like the Medicaid expansion) would be slashed. However, many conservatives have said it falls short of a full repeal because it shifts $1 trillion of the law's funding to the states. 

Moore’s rival in Tuesday’s primary runoff, Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeRoy Moore Facebook page shares provocative memes on NFL anthem protests Poll: Moore has lead, Dems see opportunity in Ala. Senate race GOP establishment doubts Bannon’s primary powers MORE (R-Ala.), hasn’t publicly declared a stance on the bill. But he’s expected to support the bill along with the vast majority of Republican senators. 

Moore has spent the entire Senate campaign at odds with Senate Republican leadership, which is backing Strange. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGun proposal picks up GOP support Children’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Dems see Trump as potential ally on gun reform MORE (R-Ky.) has been Strange’s chief supporter, rallying Republican groups and President Trump into a unified effort behind him. McConnell’s allied super PAC, Senate Leadership Fund, has also dumped millions into the race to boost Strange.

That infighting has prompted Moore to attack McConnell and establishment Republicans on the stump, warning that he would refuse to fall in line with what he views as the Washington insiders.

The Graham-Cassidy repeal effort has a razor-thin margin of error. Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulHouse bill set to reignite debate on warrantless surveillance Authorizing military force is necessary, but insufficient GOP feuds with outside group over analysis of tax framework MORE (R-Ky.) has already said he will vote no on the measure which means that Republican leadership can only lose one more GOP vote and still get the 50 needed for Vice President Pence to be the tiebreaker.