The Newnan Times-Herald


Locals sound off on health care repeal

  • By Melanie Ruberti
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  • Sep. 26, 2017 - 8:58 PM

Senate republicans will not vote this week on a last-ditch effort to repeal Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

The decision was made early Tuesday afternoon by the Senators following a closed door meeting.

The latest version of the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act was sponsored by Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Both men are members of the GOP.

The Graham-Cassidy legislation would have implemented a grant program that gave funding to individual states.

State officials would then decide how that health care money is spent.

According to the initial version of the Graham-Cassidy legislation, each state would be given the same amount of funding, despite population differences.  

The Senators later revised it so the states of Alaska and Maine would receive more money.

Both the local chairpersons of the Coweta County Republican Party and the Democratic Party said they did not approve of the latest repeal legislation.  

“Our local party is for a full repeal,” stated Brant Frost V, chairperson of the Republican Party. “We don’t want any watered-down version of Obamacare.

“If Lindsey Graham’s name is on something, I know it’s rotten,” he added.  

Cynthia Bennett, chairperson of the local Democratic Party, believes a more permanent solution is needed to fix health care issues in America.

“The health care repeal is something that truly needs to have a bipartisan effort,” she said. “The fact that so many seemingly ‘quick fixes’ are being presented to Congress that leaves military veterans, people with pre-existing conditions and others without coverage, is not sensible.”

Bennett said the Graham-Cassidy proposal of giving equal amounts of federal money to each state was ‘lofty.’

“It falls onto the state congressmen to decide where the money goes (in their state). They might not have the best intentions on using that funding properly,” she stated.  

Bennett admitted there is no easy fix to the nation’s health care issues, but believed legislators have a good foundation to start with using the Affordable Care Act.  

“It needs to be updated and fixed,” she said. “The biggest problem is the insurance agencies faced with so many uncertainties have pulled out of program. So we need to get everyone on board … and have a plan where there is a great deal of access and preventative care …”

Senate Republicans insist they are not giving up on repealing and replacing the Obama health care law, despite postponing a vote this week.