JUST IN: Sen. Graham releases alternative healthcare proposal

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has a new idea that could serve as an alternative to the current controversial Republican healthcare bill that’s supposed to repeal and replace Obamacare.

On Thursday, Graham proposed giving states the $100 billion in annual federal funding that they would normally receive under the 2010 law and then let them decide independently of Washington what kind health care system they want for their constituents.

“A state like Vermont has expressed interest in a state-government run and financed single-payer system like they have in Canada,” Graham said. “If they want to again continue down that path, they would be free to do so under this proposal. South Carolina, on the other hand, would likely go in a different direction and use the federal funding to make private health care more affordable and available.”

Congressional Republicans could still repeal Obamacare’s mandate requiring individuals to hold insurance, Graham pointed out, along with the rule requiring large employers to provide it — under special budget rules that lock out Democrats.

He noted that the states would still be required to cover customers with pre-existing conditions.

On Monday, President Trump tweeted out that he does not believe D.C. lawmakers will leave the country in a crisis with inadequate healthcare plans for much longer.

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