With Murkowski silent, Alaska governor raises concerns with Graham-Cassidy

With Murkowski silent, Alaska governor raises concerns with Graham-Cassidy
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Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (I) says the latest ObamaCare repeal bill could lead to "drastic cuts" in Medicaid in his state, raising concerns as Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOn unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration On The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week MORE (R-Alaska) weighs her position on the new measure.

“Given Alaska’s current fiscal challenges, any proposal to shift federal costs to the states would likely result in drastic cuts to our Medicaid program,” Walker said, according to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

“Our country’s Medicaid program has been in place for over 50 years,” Walker said. “Any proposal to restructure Medicaid goes far beyond repealing the Affordable Care Act.”


Sens. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyCongress must step up to protect Medicare home health care Ivanka Trump to meet with GOP senators to discuss paid family leave legislation Bipartisan senators ask industry for information on surprise medical bills MORE (R-La.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamCongress closer to forcing Trump’s hand on Saudi support Democrats brush off GOP 'trolling' over Green New Deal Warren: Officials have duty ‘to invoke 25th amendment’ if they think Trump is unfit MORE (R-S.C.) are the main sponsors of the new bill. Their legislation would move money from ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion, tax credits and cost-sharing reduction subsidies and convert it into block grants to the states.

Murkowski — one of three senators to oppose the GOP’s attempt to repeal ObamaCare earlier this summer — has not yet expressed a public position on the new measure.

During those efforts, Murkowski was particularly concerned over how the bill treated Medicaid and was deep in talks with her state.

She attended meetings in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems think they're beating Trump in emergency declaration battle Sanders: 'Not crazy' about nixing the Senate filibuster McCabe: No one in 'Gang of Eight' objected to FBI probe into Trump MORE’s (R-Ky.) office, including with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma, but ultimately couldn’t be persuaded to vote for the bill.

She could be a deciding vote on whether the measure passes. On Monday, she told a small group of reporters she was still studying the Cassidy-Graham bill.

"I need to figure out how all the numbers work with regards to Alaska," she said.