Some Republican senators are having a difficult time explaining their support of the Graham-Cassidy bill that would repeal much of Obamacare and replace it with state block grants.
Vox asked nine senators about the bill, and most struggled with the idea that millions of people will lose their health insurance under the bill, while emphasizing the virtues of local control and the wisdom and efficiency of state officials. “Our states — our 50 states — are very flexible, very innovative. Much more so than we are here. I think it will work, and it will be a big step toward federalism,” said Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama.
A more colorful analysis was offered by Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, who said: “Look, we’re in the back seat of a convertible being driven by Thelma and Louise, and we’re headed toward the canyon. … we have to get out of the car, and you have to have a car to get into, and this is the only car there is.”