Repub­li­cans un­veil com­pet­ing plans in long-shot re­form bid

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - OPINION -

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.

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