Louisiana’s Senior U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy is a co-author of the last ditch effort by Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Cassidy says this proposal takes Washington out of the decision making and instead each state receives an annual block grant to determine how to help individuals pay for health care.
"We don't think of blue states or red states in this bill, we think of American states with American patients and we think that those who are eligible for assistance should get about the same."
Cassidy says the legislation also repeals individual and employer mandates that are part of the Affordable Care Act and it gets rid of the medical device tax. The Republican says their proposal also eliminates the inequity in which three states receive 37% of Obamacare funds.
"So that states that are older and sicker at the end will get a little bit more per patient and those that are younger and healthier perhaps will get a little less, but everybody will get the mean plus or minus 10%."
Senators Lindsey Graham, Dean Heller and Ron Johnson are the fellow co-authors. Meanwhile, Democrat Bernie Sanders is proposing to expand Medicare to cover all U-S residents. Graham says their approach of the block grant funding to the states gives the power back to the patients.
"You can actually complain to a state House Representative who probably lives in your neighborhood, goes to the same hospital you send your family, you can complain to a governor that you can vote for."