Republicans unveil competing plans in long-shot reform bid
WASHINGTON » Senators rolled out competing plans Wednesday for the nation’s health care system, with a group of GOP senators making a last, long-shot effort to undo Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act and independent Sen. Bernie Sanders proposing universal government-run coverage.
Despite opposition and an Oct. 1 deadline, Sens. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., proposed legislation that would eliminate many of the subsidies and mandates of the 2010 law and instead would provide block grants to the states to help individuals pay for health coverage.
The senators said that some states would get more money to provide health care than they get through the current system. They are modeling their effort after the welfare reform legislation passed under President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. They said states are better equipped than Washington to determine how best to meet the needs of their residents.