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Mark Meadows Bullish on Lindsey Graham's Health Bill

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By    |   Friday, 08 September 2017 11:22 AM

The chairman of the House Freedom Caucus spoke favorably about an Obamacare replacement bill introduced by Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy during a Friday morning interview.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" and said he likes the plan from Graham, R-S.C., and Cassidy, R-La., which would have states build their own healthcare platforms based on their individual needs.

"The most promising thing right now, Joe, is Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. Cassidy working on a block grant issue," Meadows said.

"It deals with that Medicaid portion. It actually doesn't repeal all the taxes, but it gives power back to the states, allows most of the states, if not all of the states, to do better on that Medicaid portion."

Graham has spoken several times about his healthcare proposal, which would involve the federal government providing grants to states. That money would then be used to build healthcare systems that would be tailored to the states' populations.

"Take all the money you would spend in Washington on healthcare, block grant it back to the states, and let them design healthcare systems closer to your family," Graham said last month. "This would empower state choice; it would empower consumers."

The House passed a bill in March that would have repealed and replaced the current Obamacare law. The Senate altered the bill and eventually put it up for a vote in July, which fell short of passing.

During Friday's MSNBC interview, Meadows also was asked about reports that suggested the House Freedom Caucus was trying to force House Speaker Paul Ryan out of his leadership role. 

"There is no plan, there's nothing there," Meadows said. "I can tell you, if I was working on a plan to depose the speaker, you wouldn't be reading about it in the press."

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