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 MurphyDemocrats try to force Trump to boost medical supplies production Overnight Defense: Air Force general officially becomes first African American service chief | Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure | State Department's special envoy for Iran is departing the Trump administration Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure 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 MurkowskiOn The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire Hillicon Valley: Facebook removes Trump post | TikTok gets competitor | Lawmakers raise grid safety concerns 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 GrahamSeveral GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Graham says he appreciates Trump orders, but 'would much prefer a congressional agreement' Sunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyFrom a Republican donor to Senate GOP: Remove marriage penalty or risk alienating voters Stimulus checks debate now focuses on size, eligibility On The Money: GDP shrinks by record amount in second quarter amid virus lockdowns | Jobless claims rise for second straight week | McConnell tees up fight on unemployment benefits 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.

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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.