Sep 19, 2017

Graham: We must choose "socialism or federalism" for health care

Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks at the Capitol last week. Photo: Andrew Harnik / AP

The Senate GOP's weekly press conference focused on — what else? — the Graham-Cassidy plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Sens. Lindsey Graham, who said he's "never felt better about where we're at," and Bill Cassidy were along to answer questions regarding the state of play.

The big argument: Graham framed his health care plan as the only thing standing in the way of the United States' eventual move to a single-payer system (he didn’t explain why). "Here's the choice for America: socialism or federalism when it comes to your health care,” he said.

More quotes from Graham:

  • His big prediction: "At the end of the day, I think we're going to get 50 Republican votes — and I'm going to make a prediction — there's gonna be a lot of Democrats struggling with a 'no' vote."
  • A promise from the House: "Paul Ryan told me to my face, 'If you pass it, we pass it.'"
  • On McCain's call for regular order: "There will be a public hearing … At the end of the day, this is the only process left available to stop a march toward socialism … The Democratic Party is never going to give us anything that'll fundamentally change Obamacare."

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World coronavirus updates: Confirmed cases top 1.2 million

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC

The number of novel coronavirus cases surpassed 1.2 million worldwide Saturday night, as Spain overtook Italy as the country with the most infections outside the U.S.

The big picture: About half the planet's population is now on lockdown and the global death toll was nearing 64,800, by Sunday morning, per Johns Hopkins data.

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