Republican leaders had squelched those talks as the latest repeal plan gained steam, hoping to present senators a single, take-it-or-leave-it decision on the legislation, written by GOP Senators Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, and Lindsey Graham of SC.
At an event in Louisville Monday, Republican Sen. He called the issue an important debate and said, "It's one that we'll certainly continue". Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana - called for Obamacare to be broken down into block grants that would be distributed to states. Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy, MD, of Louisiana, the fourth Republican repeal-and-replace bill in the Senate to go nowhere.
While the repeal effort has risen from the dead before - several times - most in the chamber were resigned that this time would be was unlikely to get a hold of phoenix-like properties before the September 30 deadline to move the bill with 50 votes to beat a Democratic filibuster.
The bill Cassidy co-authored with Sen.
States that expanded Medicaid to cover low-income adults, as well as those where lots of residents have signed up for subsidized private health insurance, were more likely to be losers under the Graham-Cassidy bill.
In its place, the bill would have given individual states block grants of federal funds, which they then would have to use to create their own health-care coverage systems.
"We basically ran out of time", said Sen. "We're going to fulfill our promise". Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) also expressed opposition to the bill, saying that it did not go far enough in repealing the provisions of the ACA, and calling it a "fake repeal bill".
The bill, called Graham-Cassidy, would eliminate Obama's expansion of Medicaid and subsidies the law provides to millions of people to reduce their insurance costs.
President Donald Trump earlier Tuesday harshly criticized the trio of Republicans who opposed thecontroversial Graham-Cassidy bill. Lindsey Graham of SC would have unraveled the central elements of Obama's law, including the requirement for Americans to carry health insurance or pay fines, and offered block grants to states to design their own systems with less federal control.
But, he added, "the missing agreement for us as Republicans has been we know what we don't like". "We're moving into tax reform". They don't care what the legislation does or doesn't do.
"Chairman Alexander and I had been making great progress toward our goals of stabilizing the market and reducing premiums - with many members on and off our committee - until Republican leaders pulled the rug out from under us", said Murray.
"Tomorrow is the beginning of a very important process that we are excited about here in Congress", Ryan said. "Instead, they suggested, the ongoing instability would backfire on Democrats and build momentum for the ACA's eventual repeal".