Virginia gov: Cassidy-Graham bill 'nothing more than a tax cut for the rich'

Virginia gov: Cassidy-Graham bill 'nothing more than a tax cut for the rich'
© Greg Nash

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Monday spoke out against Republicans' latest ObamaCare repeal effort in the Senate.

“The Senate Republican’s [sic] latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act would have the exact same disastrous consequences for Virginia’s families as the previous versions that they tried to ram through earlier this year," he said in a statement.


"This legislation, like the earlier iterations, was not designed to make health care better. It is nothing more than a tax cut for the rich and a poorly disguised cost shift from the federal government to the states and families."

The repeal bill — sponsored by Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamMcConnell: 'Whoever gets to 60 wins' on immigration Overnight Tech: Uber exec says 'no justification' for covering up hack | Apple considers battery rebates | Regulators talk bitcoin | SpaceX launches world's most powerful rocket Overnight Cybersecurity: Tillerson proposes new cyber bureau at State | Senate bill would clarify cross-border data rules | Uber exec says 'no justification' for covering up breach MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyRepublican agenda clouded by division Sen. Cassidy says he won’t go back on Kimmel after health care fight GOP lawmakers help people injured in train crash MORE (R-La.) — would end ObamaCare funding for insurer subsidies to help people afford coverage as well as funding for the Medicaid expansion, instead converting both into block grants to states.

The bill would also eliminate the individual and employer mandates, but states would be able to reinstate those.

McAuliffe said in his statement that middle-class families, seniors and women would "suffer the most" under the bill.

“This backdoor effort to force through legislation without waiting for a [Congressional Budget Office] score or even holding as much as a single hearing is totally unacceptable," he said.

"I urge the Senate Republicans to stop undermining our economy and health care system and instead to work together in a transparent and bipartisan manner to fix the existing issues with the [Affordable Care Act]."

Graham said over the weekend that President Trump is calling governors to try to get their support for the ObamaCare repeal effort.

The Senate has less than two weeks to pass the bill using the fast-track reconciliation process, which prevents a Democratic filibuster.