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The GOP’s latest health care bill includes more money for states with Senate holdouts

Julia Boccagno

Senate Republicans revised their Obamacare repeal bill in an effort to sway hesitant party members, according to a copy of the legislation obtained by Politico Sunday night.

The new provisions include more federal funding for three states — Alaska, Arizona and Kentucky — whose representatives have been reluctant to give their support to the bill.

Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) have either vocalized either their opposition to the bill or have expressed concerns, jeopardizing ongoing health care repeal efforts.

Specifically, the revised bill provides 14 percent more funding to Arizona, four percent more to Kentucky and three percent more to Alaska.

Before the revised provisions of the bill became public, President Trump announced on Twitter that “Alaska, Arizona, Maine and Kentucky are big winners in the Healthcare proposal.”

The bill’s revision comes as its sponsors, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), attempt to pass Obamacare repeal legislation with a simple majority before the end of the fiscal year on September 30. If the bill doesn’t pass before the beginning of the fiscal year, Republicans would need to garner 60 votes, rather than 50, to pass Obamacare repeal legislation.

Members of the public are expected to congregate at the U.S. Capitol on Monday morning in an effort to pressure Murkowski to say “no” to the GOP health care bill.

“We will peacefully sit-in outside of Senator Lisa Murkowski’s office until she declares that she does NOT support the Graham-Cassidy bill for Obamacare repeal,” and Eventbrite invitation said.

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