Republicans Attempt to Buy Murkowski’s Vote in New Draft of Health Care Bill

A Republican Senate aide told Independent Journal Review Thursday that Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) are attempting to buy Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s support through new changes to their controversial Obamacare repeal proposal before an expected vote next week.

According to the aide, here is a summary of what the new draft of the bill entails:

“This draft includes 3 separate provisions benefitting Alaska.

  1. Alaska (along with Hawaii) will continue to receive Obamacare’s premium tax credits while they are repealed for all other states. It appears this exemption will not affect Alaska receiving its state allotment under the new block grant in addition to the premium tax credits.
  2. Delays implementation of the Medicaid per capita caps for Alaska and Hawaii for years in which the policy would reduce their funding below what they would have received in 2020 plus CPI-M [Consumer Price Index for Medical Care].
  3. Provides for an increased federal Medicaid matching rate (FMAP) for both Alaska and Hawaii.”

The changes aren’t final, and it remains to be seen whether they’ll be enough to win Murkowski’s vote.

This story will be updated as IJR receives more information.

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