Associated Press
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney said she supports the Republican-sponsored health care bill because it would give flexibility to states and individuals that would make insurance more affordable for consumers.

“The overall process is one that I feel very good about,” Cheney said. “I think it does exactly what we need to do in terms of replacing Obamacare with a system that really puts people back in charge.”


The bill, which would repeal major parts of President Barack Obama’s health law, is scheduled for a Thursday vote in the House.

Cheney, a Republican serving her first-term in Congress, said she likes the plan allowing states to convert Medicaid payments into block grants. The block grant would allow Wyoming the flexibility to distribute funding as it sees fit, she said.

“To really understand the changes that are going to be made, not just legislatively, but the understanding that states today face a tremendous burden in terms of what they have to do to get waivers (and) what they’ve got to do to make the program work for them,” she told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle (https://bit.ly/2mUQrCC ). “I think these changes are going to let the states make the program work for them.”

Cheney said that she expects the bill to see more changes before it goes to a vote in the House and that it eventually will pass and be sent to the Senate.

Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, also a Republican, said in an email that he’s confident the proposal will “provide relief from the damage caused by Obamacare.”

U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, a Republican, said in a statement that the House bill is “encouraging” and is “motivated by the right goals.”

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, https://www.wyomingnews.com


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