On Friday, Arizona Senator John McCain, who delivered the final blow to the previous attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare, said he will vote no against his party’s current healthcare plan.
WASHINGTON — The Republican bill to replace Obamacare appears all but dead in the Senate, but the chamber’s Finance Committee is scheduled to hold a Monday hearing on it anyway.
The committee is set to consider health care legislation by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Bill Cassidy, R-La., Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., at 2 p.m.
Graham and Cassidy will speak in favor of their bill along with former Pennsylvania Republican senator Rick Santorum, who helped craft the legislation.
The bill would keep most of the taxes that fund Obamacare in place but give the money to states in the form of block grants to craft their own health care insurance systems. It also would end in 2020 the expansion of the Medicaid program for low-income Americans that was part of the Affordable Care Act.
Other witnesses Monday will be: Dennis Smith, senior adviser for Medicaid and health care reform in the Arkansas Department of Human Services; Teresa Miller, acting director of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services; Cindy Mann, former deputy administrator and director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and Dick Woodruff, senior vice president for federal advocacy at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.
The group is likely to discuss an updated version of their legislation designed to bring onboard some hold outs. According to the Associated Press, the tweaked legislation would add funding to states such as Alaska, Maine and Kentucky which all have senators who are undecided or against the bill. It would also allow insurance companies to sell low-cost policies, that include less mandated coverage, an effort to bring on conservative members.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a conservative, told USA TODAY Monday that the…