September 24, 2017

On Political Welfare

You really shouldn’t be able to make state-level concessions on a federal-level bill in order to “win” votes for a bill that affects the whole of the country.

Under the revised text, the bill’s authors now project increases in federal funding for Arizona (14 percent), Kentucky (4 percent) and Alaska (3 percent), which would have seen declines under the previous version, according to a leaked analysis from President Donald Trump’s health department. All three states are home to pivotal GOP swing votes who either have opposed or expressed concerns with the bill — Sens. John McCain, Rand Paul and Lisa Murkowski.

-Rachana Pradhan, Graham, Cassidy revise Obamacare repeal bill, Politico


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