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.

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"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 GrahamGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration We are running out of time to protect Dreamers US trade deficit rises on record imports from China MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyTax bill could fuel push for Medicare, Social Security cuts Collins to vote for GOP tax plan Overnight Tech: Lawmakers want answers on Uber breach | Justices divided in patent case | Tech makes plea for net neutrality on Cyber Monday 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.