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Freedom Caucus Leader Offers Tepid Support For Graham And Cassidy’s Obamacare Replacement

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who leads the conservative caucus of lawmakers, said the bill being promoted by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) is the "most promising" option for replacing the federal health law. But the effort faces uphill odds.

The Hill: Freedom Caucus Chair Calls New ObamaCare Repeal Bill 'Promising' 
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said Friday that a new ObamaCare replacement bill in the Senate is the "most promising" option for repealing the law. Meadows spoke favorably of the bill from Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.), which would replace ObamaCare with block grants to states instead of the law's current spending on subsidies and Medicaid expansion. (Sullivan, 9/8)

Politico Pro: Graham-Cassidy Plan Would Include $1.2T In Block Grants, Overhaul Medicaid
A long-shot Obamacare repeal bill from a pair of Republican senators would set aside $1.2 trillion in state block grants by 2026 and create two formulas to determine funding, according to details shared with GOP governors and obtained by POLITICO. Forthcoming legislation from Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) would replace Obamacare funding for Medicaid expansion and private insurance subsidies with block grants. (Pradhan, 9/8)

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