Republican Senator Lindsey Graham is pushing the Graham-Cassidy bill that would repeal Obamacare, although Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer says the bill is a 'sham'. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Republican Senator Lindsey Graham pushed the Graham-Cassidy bill that would repeal Obamacare on Tuesday saying House Speaker Paul Ryan told him if the Senate passed the bill then the House would too. "I believe that most Republicans like state-controlled healthcare over Washington-controlled healthcare... I really believe we are going to get 50 votes... Paul Ryan told me to my face if you pass it, we pass it," Graham said at a news conference on Capitol Hill. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer immediately after slammed the bill as a 'sham'. "The latest version of Trumpcare may live under a new name 'Graham-Cassidy', but no matter how many ways they try to dress it up, they try to hide it, it's even more dangerous and more reckless than the previous bill that was defeated, simply put Trumpcare is a 'sham'," Schumer said. The bill has revived a fight that many in Washington thought was over when an Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill flopped in the Senate in July, humiliating Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump. The latest measure has less than two weeks before procedural rules in the Senate make it much more difficult for the Republicans to do away with Obamacare. The bill proposes replacing Obamacare with a system that would give states money in block grants to run their own healthcare programs and let them opt out of some Obamacare rules. Critics say it would bring deep cuts to the Medicaid program for the poor and higher insurance premiums for older people.