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 MurphyOvernight Cybersecurity: Senators want info on 'stingray' surveillance in DC | Bills to secure energy infrastructure advance | GOP lawmaker offers cyber deterrence bill Overnight Health Care: GOP pushes stiff work requirements for food stamps | Johnny Isakson opens up about family's tragic loss to opioids | Republicans refuse to back vulnerable Dem's opioids bill | Dems offer new public option plan Dems give muted praise to Pompeo-Kim meeting 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 MurkowskiOvernight Energy: Pruitt proposes rule targeting 'secret science' | Dems probe Pruitt's security chief | FAA bill provisions could strip endangered species protections Senators press administration on mental health parity Overnight Energy: Watchdogs unveil findings on EPA, Interior controversies | GAO says EPA violated law with soundproof booth | IG says Zinke could have avoided charter flight | GOP chair probes Pruitt's four email addresses 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 GrahamGOP anxiety grows over Trump’s Iran decision Overnight Cybersecurity: Senators eye path forward on election security bill | Facebook isn't winning over privacy advocates | New hacks target health care Paul backs Pompeo, clearing path for confirmation MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyHenry Kissinger, Tim Cook among guests at White House state dinner GOP senator: Trump should have invited Dems to state dinner Trump has not invited Democrats, media to state dinner: report 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.