Once thought to be a dead end, the Senate is poised to vote on an Obamacare repeal bill next week according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office.

“It is the Leader’s intention to consider Graham-Cassidy on the floor next week,” a spokesman for the senator’s office announced.

The Graham-Cassidy bill written by South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, is designed to turn funding for federal health insurance into block grants for individual states.

“Senate Republicans pushing to replace Obamacare with state block grants are making real noise before their window to act closes,” the Washington Times reported over the weekend.

The GOP was “insisting they are just one or two votes shy and that President Trump can nudge their last-gasp bill to victory.”

Graham announced the bill would go to the floor next week after he met with Alaska Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski.

 

That is a critical piece of information since Murkowski was one of three Republicans who killed a ‘skinny repeal‘ effort in July. Could she have changed her mind?

With the announcement from McConnell’s office, it appears we’ll find out as early as next week.

 

The fact that it’s going to a vote is significant news. The Washington Examiner reported on Tuesday evening that McConnell “repeatedly told the four Republican senators pursuing the bill that he will bring it up only if it has 50 votes.”

Could this mean the GOP has the 50 votes it needs to pass the bill? Inquiring minds want to know.

Nobody more so than former President Barack Obama, who could be watching his signature achievement get flushed down the proverbial toilet.

And he’s not very happy about it.

Obama told attendees at an event held by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that he finds Republican efforts to dismantle Obamacare ‘aggravating.’

“When I see people trying to undo that hard-won progress for the 50th or 60th time … it is aggravating,” he said.

“It’s certainly frustrating to have to mobilize every couple of months to keep our leaders from inflicting real human suffering on our constituents,” Obama added. “But typically, that’s how progress is won and how progress is maintained.”

What’s actually aggravating Mr. Obama, is forcing Americans to purchase health insurance that doesn’t match their plan, rips their doctors out from under them, and does it at skyrocketing rates, all under the guise of ‘progress.’

Hopefully he’ll be even more aggravated and frustrated come this time next week.

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