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Trump: GOP May Have Votes to Replace Obamacare

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By    |   Tuesday, 17 October 2017 02:59 PM

Republicans may now have the votes to pass a healthcare reform deal that would be similar to the Graham-Cassidy measure that fell short, President Donald Trump said Tuesday.

During a joint White House press conference with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in the Rose Garden, Trump was twice asked about healthcare reform and what the best steps might be after the GOP's failed attempts at overhauling the nation's healthcare system this year.

"Obamacare is dead. I predicted that a long time ago," Trump said when Fox News' John Roberts asked about the subject. "We feel we have the votes. As soon as we're finished with taxes, John, we feel we have the votes to get block grants into states, where the states can much better manage this money and much better take care of the people, rather than the federal government."

The Graham-Cassidy bill involved using block grants to send money to states, who would then build their own health insurance platforms. Trump confirmed that the new plan the Republican Party is working on is "essentially" the same as that bill.

Trump also confirmed that the White House has been involved in negotiations with both political parties to put together legislation that would provide a temporary fix to stabilize Obamacare. 

"This is a short-term deal because we think ultimately block grants going to the states is going to be the answer," Trump said. "That's a very good solution."

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Republicans may now have the votes to pass a healthcare reform deal that would be similar to the Graham-Cassidy measure that fell short, President Donald Trump said Tuesday.
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