On Wednesday, Republican senators introduced the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson health-care bill, the party's latest attempt at repealing and replacing ObamaCare. The legislation, introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Bill Cassidy (La.), Dean Heller (Nev.), and Ron Johnson (Wis.), proposes "a block grant given annually to states to help individuals pay for health care." "This proposal removes the decision from Washington and gives states significant latitude over how the dollars are used to best take care of the unique health-care needs of the patients in each state," a statement said.
Graham goaded his Republican colleagues to not "let the health-care debate die," as he warned that a single-payer system would be "inevitable" if Republicans fail to undo ObamaCare. He declared this bill Republicans' "best and only chance" at dodging that.
"If you want a single-payer health-care system, this is your worst nightmare. Bernie, this ends your dream of a single-payer health-care system for America," Graham said in a shout-out to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). On Wednesday afternoon, Sanders is expected to introduce the Medicare for All Act of 2017, a bill backed by at least 15 Democratic senators that would replace the current health-care system with a public system paid for by higher taxes.
Shortly after Graham unveiled his bill, Heritage Action released a statement expressing its hesitations about the bill based on the prior version, though the conservative policy advocacy organization said it would give the bill a renewed look to see if this version "actually addresses ObamaCare's regulatory architecture."
Watch Graham's full announcement below. Becca Stanek
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As House Democrats wrapped up their gun control "sit-in" Thursday, the Senate picked up a gun control debate of its own. The upper chamber conducted a test vote to decide which of two competing gun control measures, both of which address preventing terror suspects from purchasing guns, would survive.
While the bipartisan-backed bill spearheaded by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) won a majority of support, it came eight votes shy of the necessary 60 votes to advance. The other bill, drafted by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and designed to appeal more to conservatives, won just 30 votes.
The Senate last voted on gun control Monday, when it blocked four different measures. The renewed push for gun control follows the deadliest mass shooting in American history at an Orlando LGBT club on June 12. Becca Stanek