Ala. Senate candidate Moore appears to be against new ObamaCare bill

Ala. Senate candidate Moore appears to be against new ObamaCare bill
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Roy Moore, the Republican former Alabama judge running for the open Senate seat in his state, appears to be against the GOP's latest effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare, a decision that would widen the rift between the possible senator and Senate Republican leadership.

When asked whether Moore would vote for the bill, nicknamed for the two Senators spearheading the push, a campaign spokesperson told MSNBC that "If Graham/Cassidy is anything less than a full repeal, Judge Moore will not vote for it.” 

 

The Hill confirmed Moore's stance with his campaign, but Moore’s spokeswoman did not respond to a request to elaborate as to whether Moore believes Graham-Cassidy qualifies as a “full repeal.” 

The bill, promoted by Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars DOJ: Dem subpoena for Mueller report is 'premature and unnecessary' Dems reject Barr's offer to view Mueller report with fewer redactions MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyGOP senator issues stark warning to Republicans on health care Bipartisan senators offer bill to expand electric vehicle tax credit Menendez, Rubio lead Senate effort to regulate Venezuelan sanctions MORE (R-La.), represents a major overhaul of ObamaCare. 

Generally, it turns health care funding into block grants given to the states, which would be given broad leeway to set up health care exchanges how they see fit. 

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In the process, integral pieces of ObamaCare (like the Medicaid expansion) would be slashed. However, many conservatives have said it falls short of a full repeal because it shifts $1 trillion of the law's funding to the states. 

Moore’s rival in Tuesday’s primary runoff, Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeGOP leaders dead set against Roy Moore in Alabama Domestic influence campaigns borrow from Russia’s playbook Overnight Defense: Senate bucks Trump with Yemen war vote, resolution calling crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi killing | House briefing on Saudi Arabia fails to move needle | Inhofe casts doubt on Space Force MORE (R-Ala.), hasn’t publicly declared a stance on the bill. But he’s expected to support the bill along with the vast majority of Republican senators. 

Moore has spent the entire Senate campaign at odds with Senate Republican leadership, which is backing Strange. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate Republicans tested on Trump support after Mueller Anti-smoking advocates question industry motives for backing higher purchasing age Former Bush assistant: Mueller report makes Obama look 'just plain bad' MORE (R-Ky.) has been Strange’s chief supporter, rallying Republican groups and President Trump into a unified effort behind him. McConnell’s allied super PAC, Senate Leadership Fund, has also dumped millions into the race to boost Strange.

That infighting has prompted Moore to attack McConnell and establishment Republicans on the stump, warning that he would refuse to fall in line with what he views as the Washington insiders.

The Graham-Cassidy repeal effort has a razor-thin margin of error. Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulBooker, Harris have missed most Senate votes Trump vetoes measure ending US support for Saudi-led war in Yemen Bottom line MORE (R-Ky.) has already said he will vote no on the measure which means that Republican leadership can only lose one more GOP vote and still get the 50 needed for Vice President Pence to be the tiebreaker.