Sep 19 2017
Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today responded to comments from Senator Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) highlighting the fact that his bill takes money from California to redistribute it to other states:
“California is home to 40 million people, one in eight Americans. It’s appalling that Senator Graham and Senate Republicans would take federal funds that provide health care to Californians to give them to Republican-leaning states.
“California has done the right thing by our people every step of the way, expanding Medicaid and doing everything to make the Affordable Care Act work well. Our state shouldn’t be singled out for punishment. I will do all I can to defeat this terrible bill.”
Graham: “I would hate to be the Democrat that voted against more money for my state and more power and keep the status quo. So if you’re a Democrat, let’s say in Missouri, you’re going to get far more money under this proposal than Obamacare and your state would have more control over the money….You believe it’s okay to help California, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts—more than Missouri.”