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Conway: ‘Increasingly optimistic’ about ObamaCare repeal

Greg Nash

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Friday that the White House has become “increasingly optimistic” about the Republican effort to pass a last-minute measure to repeal and replace ObamaCare. 

“We feel increasingly optimistic about the chances to pass Graham-Cassidy,” Conway said on “Fox & Friends,” referring to the health care proposal authored by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.).

“Obviously, those two senators came up with an innovative solution that would still preserve many of the most important components of repealing and replacing ObamaCare, doing away with those draconian taxes and penalties — saving about $300 billion in taxes, $485 billion in spending.”

{mosads}The Graham-Cassidy bill would replace federal ObamaCare subsidies and the Medicaid expansion with block grants given to the states. 

President Trump has thrown his support behind the proposal, urging Senate Republicans in recent days to swiftly pass the bill. 

But it’s not yet clear if it has the 50 votes needed to pass. Senate Republicans face a Sept. 30 deadline to approve the measure under reconciliation, which allows them to pass a measure with 50 votes and a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Pence, instead of the usual 60 vote threshold required to beat a filibuster.

So far, one Republican, Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) has come out against the bill, meaning the GOP can only afford one more defection if they hope to pass the bill. Several Republican senators remain undecided on the proposal, and no Democrats are expected to vote for it.

Three GOP lawmakers — Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and John McCain (Ariz.) — are being closely watched, since their no votes sank the last repeal attempt.

Tags Bill Cassidy John McCain Lindsey Graham Lisa Murkowski Rand Paul Susan Collins

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