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Geraldo: Alaska, Blue States Set to 'Get Screwed' by Graham-Cassidy

(Fox News' "Fox and Friends")

By    |   Friday, 22 September 2017 12:50 PM

Geraldo Rivera on Friday framed the policy of the Senate Republicans' Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill as "stark political calculation" vs. humanity.

The Fox News correspondent said he doesn't "know how you get to 50" votes when Alaska and blue states "are in line to get screwed."

"I go back to the arithmetic. I don't know how you get (Lisa) Murkowski of Alaska; how do you get Rand Paul?" Rivera said on Fox News' "Fox and Friends" morning program.

"I don't know how you get to 50. Now, maybe they're gonna give amazing benefits to Alaska, which as of right now, is gonna get screwed by the change to Trumpcare," Rivera said on the show. 

"As of right now, the states that went along with President Obama's Medicaid expansion, largely the blue states, are in line to get screwed by Trumpcare," Rivera said. "This is the transfer of money from blue states to red states — that's the way lots of people see it in hard, cold-cash terms.

"So it comes down to simple arithmetic: Do the red states have the votes to pass Trumpcare? … I don't know that there's a person in this country who's gonna get into the mind of John McCain, or Lisa Murkowski or Susan Collins or Rand Paul and predict with certainty what they're going to do.

Geraldo said Sen. Lindsey Graham, a primary co-sponsor of the healthcare bill, is right about universal healthcare being socialism.

"Melt that down — what does that really mean? Does that mean little Johnny doesn't get care but some rich guy does get care?" Rivera said. "It is a stark political calculation, but it comes down to the humanity — does a child with a pre-existing condition get all the medical care that child needs?

"I am very worried that President Trump will expend the goodwill he has earned on those other areas, as the compassionate consoler-in-chief and the confronter of North Korea," Rivera said. "I think that if he does get what he wants with this repeal of Obamacare, he could have some of that popularity eroded."

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