Senate Dem: GOP trying to 'purchase votes' for ObamaCare repeal bill with Alaska changes

Senate Dem: GOP trying to 'purchase votes' for ObamaCare repeal bill with Alaska changes
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Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyFormer Teacher of the Year wins Connecticut primary Live results: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Vermont, Connecticut hold primaries The Hill's Morning Report — Signs of trouble for Republicans in House special election MORE (D-Conn.) on Thursday slammed Republicans for reportedly offering to make changes to their ObamaCare repeal bill that would benefit Alaska to win support from Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiBudowsky: Collins, Murkowski and Kavanaugh Alaska fishermen worry Trump tariffs will be ‘devastating’ to seafood industry Senate Judiciary announces Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing MORE (R-Alaska). 

"The outright purchasing of votes. Everyone involved in this moral and intellectual monstrosity should be ashamed of themselves," Murphy tweeted on Thursday. 

 

Murphy linked back to a report by Politico on Thursday that said Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWhite House staff offered discounts at Trump's NJ golf club: report Graham: DOJ official was 'unethical' in investigating Trump campaign because his wife worked for Fusion GPS Sunday shows preview: Virginia lawmakers talk Charlottesville, anniversary protests MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyEnergy Department clears ‘small-scale’ natural gas exports for fast approval GOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE Lawmakers pitch dueling plans for paid family leave MORE (R-La.) had offered to make changes to their bill to win over Murkowski. The changes would essentially leave Alaska and a few other states with more Medicaid funding.

Murkowski voted against the last ObamaCare repeal bill and is seen as a key vote if the new legislation is to pass the Senate.

The Graham-Cassidy bill would repeal parts of ObamaCare, including an expansion of Medicaid that comes with new federal funding. It would then deliver new funds to states in the form of block grants, which the state governments could use to deliver health-care services.

Politico reported that Graham and Cassidy have a provision in their draft bill that would allow states with low-density populations to opt out of the new financing system. States that qualify could be able to continue with the existing Medicaid funding under present law.

The other states that might qualify under the provision are Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota and North Dakota.

Separately, Independent Journal Review, citing a Republican Senate said, reported that Graham and Cassidy were considering changes to their bill that might make the Medicaid funding more advantageous to Alaska in a bid to win over the Alaska senators.